Rand Paul: Fauci And NIH Emails "Sound Like The Mob Talking"

Authored by Steve Watson via Modernity.news,

GOP Senator Rand Paul earlier this week charged that newly released emails dating from the pandemic exchanged between COVID era health officials working with Anthony Fauci provide evidence of an “extensive cover up.”

The communications were obtained by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic via subpoena from Dr. David Morens, Fauci’s former senior adviser.

In a press release, the subcommittee stated that the emails suggest “Dr. Fauci was aware of Dr. Morens’ nefarious behavior and may have even engaged in federal records violations himself.”

In a Fox News interview, Paul noted that the communications are an “indication something was going on that was inappropriate,” and that “the cover-up is the crime.”

Paul pointed to a previously released email from Francis Collins, former Director at the NIH, referring to scientists holding differing thoughts on the origin of  COVID and expressing a desire to “take these people down.” 

“Take down these scientists that disagree with us. The scientists from Harvard, from Stanford that have a different opinion on how we should do public health policy, take them down,” Paul further described the email between Collins and Fauci as saying.

Paul then referred to the newly acquired emails where the officials discuss “back channels” of communication, referring to using private email addresses to avoid the Freedom of Information Act.

“I mean, it really sounds like a mob hit. It sounds like the mob talking,” Paul emphasised, adding “They have secret channels. The emails about secret back channels. They have a secret person like a courier.”

Paul also asserted that the emails show Fauci and the others “were all working together to delete evidence.”

In one particular email, Morens noted that he was seeking help from “our IT folks” and “our FOIA lady” on “how to make emails disappear.”

“You have the FOIA lady, the person who was supposed to help you comply with releasing your emails teaching them how to cover up. That is in all likelihood a crime,” Paul urged.

He continued, “What has to happen is we have to find a prosecutor who believes in justice to begin prosecuting this, because my guess is the FOIA lady may tell the truth if she is asked to talk about David Morens.”

On June 16, 2020, Morens sent an email to Peter Daszak, copying in other members of EcoHealth, noting “We are all smart enough to know to never have smoking guns, and if we did we wouldn’t put them in emails and if we found them we’d delete them.”

“Morens might tell the truth if he is being prosecuted about Anthony Fauci,” Paul further posited, adding “they are all connected, they were all covering up, and they were all deleting evidence and deleting records. Illegal and a felony.”

“This cover-up is extensive, NIH has refused to give me the documents, I have been asking over two years for documents from NIH, it’s a complete cover up,” Paul urged, adding “This is unprecedented, someone should go to jail.”

In testimony Wednesday, Morens claimed that he and Daszak and their families faced death threats in early 2020 and that their correspondence “wasn’t government business.”

Despite admitting to deleting emails and needing to “scrupulously rely on” private accounts in the correspondence itself, Morens testified that he could not remember carrying out official government communication via personal addresses.

The full testimony is here:

Paul discussed his testimony in another interview Thursday:

In another email to Daszak, Morens referenced an article headlined “NIH awards $7.5 million grant to EcoHealth Alliance, months after uproar over political interference” and directly asked for his own “kickback” for his role in assisting on the grant.

He wrote “Ahem … do I get a kickback???? Too much f*****g money! DO you deserve it all?”

Daszak replied “Of course there’s a kick-back. It starts with 5 more years of FOIA requests.”

The subcommittee noted “this action is not only highly concerning, but it is also likely illegal.”

In a further email from Morens to Daszak, Fauci’s advisor expressed a desire that “nutters” stop looking into their shady activity and to “move on to another conspiracy.”

In another email about grants, Daszak literally said “this should go away if Rand Paul doesn’t amplify it too much.”

Fauci is scheduled to testify before Congress on June 3.

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