In January of 2020, when reports began to circulate about the
coronavirus, I instructed my oversight and investigations staff to get a
classified briefing from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of
Around that time, I publicly
said that there were signs that the virus could develop into a worldwide
I also noted my concern that China may not be accurately
reflecting the scale or scope of the problem and failing to share information
with global health organizations.
Unfortunately, my concerns proved to be true.
the beginning, my goal has been to ensure a robust federal response to the
threat and to better understand the origins of the virus.
Today, as we emerge from the pandemic, the focus has rightly
shifted to understanding how the virus originated.
We’ve lost over 500,000 of our fellow Americans and this body
has spent trillions of dollars to support the U.S. economy during the
We the People have an absolute right to know everything the
U.S government knows about the origins of the coronavirus.
And it causes very serious concern and further supports my
belief that the ongoing review of its origins can’t leave any stone
unturned. The effort must be a whole-of-government approach.
In response to my letter, the National Institutes of Health,
an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, stated
that it hasn’t funded gain-of-function research on coronaviruses.
Recent reports have cast doubt on that position.
Dr. Fauci’s unit provided $3.4 million in taxpayer grants to
a research organization called EcoHealth Alliance. That group then issued
sub-grants to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. It’s been reported that
from the $3.4 million, $600,000 to $826,000 was sent to the Wuhan Institute of
Virology. That money – American taxpayer money – was spent on
researching bat coronaviruses.
As the Wall Street Journal noted last week, it’s likely that
the Wuhan Institute of Virology was doing gain-of-function research. If true,
that research could’ve strengthened the virus to the version that caused the
Dr. Fauci has said that Chinese scientists are trustworthy,
generally always trust the grantee to do what they say” and “I can’t guarantee
that a grantee hasn’t lied to us because you never know.” He also said, “I can’t guarantee everything that’s
going on in the Wuhan lab, we can’t do that.”
What a complete mess.
Well, Dr. Fauci, why can’t you know what’s going on inside
the “Wuhan lab” if you’re sending taxpayer money to it? For crying out loud, be
aggressive and be accountable.
We know the Chinese government can’t be trusted. We know the
Chinese government is involved in risky and deadly viral research. We know that
sending money to any entity affiliated with the Chinese government is a risky
proposition. Which is why any sign of any taxpayer money sent to the Chinese
government should be subject to the most rigorous and comprehensive oversight.
If Dr. Fauci and his team know that taxpayer money is going
to the Chinese government, what steps did he and they take to oversee how that
money was used? Well, that’s exactly what I asked in my March 8, 2021, letter
to the Department of Health and Human Services. They failed to answer what, if
any, oversight was done.
In my follow-up
letter to the Department of Health and Human Services on May 26, 2021, I
stated the following:
letter failed to describe the steps the Department of Health and Human Services
took to oversee the research done at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in light
of it being funded by the taxpayer.
taxpayers expect the federal government to, at a minimum, know what their money
expects the federal government to perform aggressive oversight, especially when
the funded research involves highly infectious and deadly viruses. Furthermore,
if no oversight was performed, then that would call into question the
government’s confidence that no gain-of-function research was supported by
The People have a right to know what the government knows
about the origins of the coronavirus. The People have a right to know if Dr.
Fauci and other government officials were derelict in their duty to conduct
oversight of the money that they knew would end up with the communist Chinese
Dr. Fauci is constantly going on television to talk about
anything he wants to. He should start talking about what, if any, oversight he
did with respect to taxpayer money that he knew was going to the communist