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Republican Senators Demand NIH Director Release Details Surrounding Deletion of COVID-19 Data

The letter asks Director Francis Collins multiple questions regarding the omitted data and the Institute’s motives behind deleting the data

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Republican Senators have sent a letter to the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) demanding he disclose all details surrounding the deletion of the COVID-19 data from its key database. National Review obtained the letter from Senators Marsha Blackburn, Chuck Grassley and Roger Marshall.

The letter asks Director Francis Collins multiple questions regarding the omitted data and the Institute’s motives behind deleting the data. Last week the Wall Street Journal reported Chinese researchers instructed the NIH to remove gene sequences of early COVID carriers from the database called the NIH Sequence Read Archive.

Wuhan Institute of Virology

Wuhan Institute of Virology

Deleted data included sequences of extracted samples from patients hospitalized in Wuhan from the beginning stages of the pandemic. The patients were believed to have contracted COVID in January and February of 2020.

National Review reports the Senators’ letter “implored Collins to publish the names of the collaborating partners to the NIH Sequence Read Archive, the Chinese scientists that made the original request for deletion, the personnel with the authority to delete data, and the history and record of data deletion directed by researchers affiliated with the Chinese regime.”

Specifically, the letter reads, “the efforts by Chinese researchers to delete the data demands additional explanation. As you are aware, the Chinese government has failed, from the beginning, to be open and transparent with the world with respect to its role in the pandemic.”

National Review reports that Jesse Bloom, a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, “was able to recover the deleted files from the Google Cloud and reconstruct partial sequences of 13 early epidemic viruses.”

“The data Bloom uncovered led him to believe that the pathogen was circulating in Wuhan before it presented itself at the Huanan fish market, which scientific consensus had considered the location of the first COVID outbreak until the lab-accident theory started gaining traction in the mainstream.”

Senators urge in their letter, “the American people deserve to know what their government knows about the origins of this global illness.”

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  1. Jim Harr

    June 30, 2021 at 10:21 am

    “Last week the Wall Street Journal reported Chinese researchers instructed the NIH to remove gene sequences of early COVID carriers from the database called the NIH Sequence Read Archive.”

    “instructed”??? Since when does China get to “instruct” the NIH…and the NIH listens?

  2. Mr. Nobody - Tony Verreos

    July 3, 2021 at 3:00 am

    Jim Harr – “instructed”??? Since when does China get to “instruct” the NIH…and the NIH listens?

    I’m guessing since the top administrators and their agency support allies all decided that there would or could be benefits from a friendly working relationship with the communists. Communists who lie, cheat, steal, break laws, and like to give orders!

    Science is great, but scientific ethics is constantly being challenged by people who have the tools to do something, but don’t have the moral ethical integrity to NOT do it. Dr. Anthony Fauci appears to be one of these types based on the reporting I’ve seen and read.

    Our Congress needs to stop being so nice and respectful of all these professionals, and demand the truth, not just ask for it.

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Sen. Paul Announces He Is Making ‘Criminal Referral’ To DOJ For Fauci ‘Lying To Congress’

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During an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday night, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he would be referring Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), to the Department of Justice for a criminal investigation over Fauci allegedly lying to Congress.

“You kicked off your questioning of Dr. Fauci emphasizing federal law makes lying to Congress a felony punishable by up to five years in prison,” Hannity said. “Is it your belief based on the evidence, senator, that he lied before Congress and broke the law?”

“Yes, and I will be sending a letter to the Department of Justice asking for a criminal referral because he has lied to Congress,” Paul answered.


Paul’s announcement comes after he had a heated exchange with Fauci during a Senate hearing on Tuesday when Paul suggested Fauci lied about whether the National Institutes of Health-funded gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“On your last trip to our committee on May 11, you stated that the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Paul said to Fauci. He then referenced a paper by Dr. Shi Zhengli of the Wuhan Virology Lab, which claimed the NIH did fund her research into SARS-related coronaviruses and asked Fauci if he would like to retract his previous statements.

“Senator Paul, I have never lied before the Congress, and I do not retract that statement,” Fauci responded. “This paper that you are referring was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain-of-function.”

Paul interjected, “You take an animal virus and you increase transmissibility to human, you’re saying that is not gain of function?”

“That is correct,” Fauci angrily replied. “Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly, and I want to say that officially. You do not know what you are talking about!”

 

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MSNBC Host Blames Trump, Cable News for COVID Deaths, Compares Unvaccinated to Cult Mass Suicides

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MSNBC’s leftist commentator Mika Brzezinski may have forgotten her beloved Joe Biden now holds the office of President of the United States, and has since January. She is vehemently blaming former President Trump for the current coronavirus situation.

People are dying because of Donald Trump and his “evil allies on cable news” , says Brzezinski. While co-hosting Monday morning’s Morning Joe Brzezinski reacted to a statement Trump released Sunday saying the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is “not doing well at all.”

“He’s way behind schedule and people are refusing to take the Vaccine because they don’t trust his Administration, they don’t trust the Election results, and they certainly don’t trust the Fake News, which is refusing to tell the Truth” Trump’s statement added.

Deflecting and defending, Brzezinski goes on an insane tirade saying Trump is “twisting it again.” “Let’s just look at the facts, look at the hospital records, look at the people who are still dying. The U.S. surgeon general says 99 percent of those people who are dying don’t have vaccines. They all could be preventable deaths, and all of the heartbreaking stories of the husbands or wives being put on ventilators and dying and in the last moments, their last breaths of life, they regret that they listened to politicians or cable news hosts, who followed their dangerous, demented advice instead of listening to their doctor.”

First of all, there is no more unethical thing for a so-called news organization or host to do than to tell viewers their loved ones’ deaths were “preventable.” Brzezinski just insulted those for not “listening to their doctor” yet calls the deaths preventable despite knowing anything about the details or patient health history. That, dear Brzezinski, is not listening to “the science.”

Second, she proved Trump’s point. Trump said not enough people are vaccinated because of Biden’s slow rollout and inability to comfort the American people on its safety and efficacy. He is not telling people not to get vaccinated as Brzezinski insinuates.

Brzezinski claims citizens are listening to “demented advice” from politicians and cable news hosts, while she, a cable news host, gives the most demented analysis of all, comparing Trump supporters to the mass suicides of cults.

“We’ve been saying that those people following Donald Trump off a cliff were living as if it was like a cult. Let’s be clear about this. This is not cult-like behavior, this is not like a cult- this is now how people behave when they are in a cult” said Brzezinski. Despite saying the word “cult” over and over, it’s impossible to understand what she is actually trying to say.

The host continued to rant, “If you want to know why, it’s because they are, in fact, living in a cult, that’s the definition of one and it’s killing them. Whether you’re talking about David Koresh and Waco or the Jonestown mass suicides or Donald Trump’s lies about COVID, people died and people are dying, and they are dying because Donald Trump and his evil allies on cable news and social media and on Capitol Hill.”

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