Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) suggested Sunday that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci are “hiding something” from Americans by modifying critical information in correspondence that requires the public to ” entitled”. to keep.”
“The changes to Dr. Fauci’s email are hiding something. They need to be transparent. This is information the American public deserves,” Johnson said. statement on twitter.
Johnson is one of five Republican senators who asked HHS after revising parts of an email between Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and US researcher Peter Daszak, president of the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance. Answer requested.
The EcoHealth Alliance has worked directly with China’s Wuhan Laboratories to conduct research on coronaviruses. The group has sent federal funds to support gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China, where the first COVID-19 cases were detected in late 2019.
Daszak’s organization had previously received $3.7 million in funding from NIAID, of which at least $600,000 was sent to the WIV.
Troves of internal emails detailing the findings were obtained by nonprofits and news organizations through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. A portion of the email was modified using an exemption reserved for information related to “pending law enforcement proceedings.”
“I really want Dr. Fauci’s emails,” Johnson said during an appearance on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle,” noting that the emails were “heavily edited.”
“So we sent a letter with five members of our committee, that if five members request to do so, the agency will hand them over to us. We received the exact same FOIA request, except one paragraph was not edited, and when it was amended, it clearly pertained to an open law enforcement investigation,” he explained.
“But we saw the paragraph,” Johnson continued. “It has nothing to do with law enforcement investigations. So it calls into question all the reforms, and by the way, Congress isn’t subject to the same four amendments, so they’re hiding something. Once again, that’s my take on these agencies. Trust and confidence has waned.”
The senator added: “They need to come clean. They need to be transparent. This is the information the American public deserves.”
The group of lawmakers, including censors Rand Paul (R-Ky.), James Lankford (R-Ok.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), in a letter last week to Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, also questioned why that portion was amended, the Washington Examiner reported.
“The above paragraph does not contain any information ‘reasonably expected to interfere’ [law] enforcement proceedings,” he wrote in his letter. “This example calls into question HHS’s redaction process not only for FOIA requests from the public but also for documents submitted to Congress.”
Fauci and HHS did not immediately respond to requests for comment by The Epoch Times.
This comes as demand for an investigation into the origins of the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus has intensified in recent months as the hypothesis that the virus may have been the product of experiments in WIV has gained widespread recognition.
On May 26, President Joe Biden ordered the US intelligence community to make an assessment with a 90-day deadline.
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