Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson blasted Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director should be investigated criminally.
Fauci—President Joe Biden’s primary medical advisor, earned the ire of Carlson after BuzzFeed and The Washington Post published thousands of his emails written from the early months of the COVID-19 outbreak, the News and Observer reported.
According to BuzzFeed, the emails reveal Fauci received a notification in January 2020 that the virus may have spilled from a lab in Wuhan, China.
In Feb. 2020, he also stated that using face masks to guard against the virus is not recommended. A month later, COVID-19 was proclaimed a global pandemic.
Carlson began his broadcast on Wednesday, June 2, stating that Fauci’s “utter fraudulence” is very clear.
“We’re Americans, so we assumed the man in charge of protecting the U.S. from COVID must be rational and impressive. We also assumed he must be honest, but we were wrong,” Carlson said. “It soon became clear that Tony Fauci was just another sleazy Federal bureaucrat, deeply political, and often dishonest.”
Carlson charged Fauci with perjury for what he wrote in his emails versus what he claimed under oath before Congress.
The Fauci email collection has been dubbed the “mother lode” by Carlson, who claimed it proves the doctor lied and misled people under oath many times.
Carlson referenced Fauci’s emails mentioning “gain of function research” in China as an example, claiming that the communications contradict Fauci’s stated denial during a relevant Senate session.
“Collectively, they show that from the beginning, Tony Fauci was worried that the public might conclude COVID had originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Carlson said. “Now, why would Tony Fauci be concerned that Americans would conclude that? Possibly because Tony Fauci knew perfectly well that he had funded gain-of-function experiments at that very same laboratory.”
Carlson was alluding to Fauci’s recent revelation that his department, the National Institutes of Health, paid Wuhan Institute of Virology $600,000 to investigate whether bat coronavirus might be transferrable to people.
Among the uncovered emails from Fauci include some between him and Peter Daszak, a key member of the World Health Organization–China joint study team. They reveal the medical adviser acted behind the scenes to play down the possibility that the coronavirus was created in a lab, as reported by Washington Examiner.
Parts of Fauci and Daszak’s communications were redacted, prompting Carlson’s inquiry about a criminal investigation. Carlson said that Redactions under Section B -7(a) of the Freedom of Information Act only apply to “records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes but only to the extent that production of those documents could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings.”
In an interview with NewsNation, Fauci claimed that the emails were ripe “to be taken out of context.”
Kristian Andersen, the Scripps researcher who emailed Fauci about the virus’ genesis theory, also replied after the emails were released, claiming his original notion was not the conclusion he later came to understand.
“As I have said many times, we seriously considered a lab leak a possibility,” Andersen said on Twitter. “However, significant new data, extensive analyses and many discussions led to the conclusion in our paper. What the email shows, is a clear example of the scientific process.”
Andersen sent a link to research he published in March 2020 regarding the origins of COVID-19, in which he admitted that he changed his mind about his thesis after reviewing the facts.
The White House has been silent on the emails and the controversy that has surrounded them.
“Let me just say on Dr. Fauci and his emails, he’s also spoken to this many, many times over the course of the last few days, and we’ll let him speak for himself, and he’s been an undeniable asset in our country’s pandemic response,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. “But it’s obviously not that advantageous for me to re-litigate the substance of emails from 17 months ago.”