Former White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Scott Atlas sees multiple reasons for an investigation into Dr. Anthony Fauci, the outgoing director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
While Atlas, a vocal critic of the NIAID head, is “very skeptical” that an investigation like this could get away from politics or the perception of it being political, he thinks it’s warranted. Fauci’s changing stance on certain COVID-19 policies needs to be put under the spotlight, Atlas recently said on EpochTV’s "Newsmakers."
“The real, clear public airing of exactly what happened needs to be done,” said Atlas, a senior fellow in health care policy at the Hoover Institution and contributor to The Epoch Times.
“I personally am very skeptical that a political investigation, no matter who does it, is going to be done without politics, or if it's going to be perceived as nonpolitical. I don't trust people in government at all. They don't deserve to be trusted, to be objective.
“What was the motivation to flip flop multiple times with policy?”
He further questioned if there had been any “cover-up” of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Fauci’s division, citing the awards to the Wuhan Institute of Virology through the New York nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance as an example.
“We cannot have illegal research being funded outside the country by American science” avoiding or circumventing the rules, Atlas said.
“These leadership positions come with massive responsibility. It's not a game to be in charge of things. You're not supposed to use it to circumvent rules. You're not supposed to set up power, friends in the media to cover for you. No, you need to at least answer the questions in front of the American people.”
By the same token, Atlas also called for the Chinese regime to answer for its coverup of the initial outbreak, as well as its role in possibly causing the pandemic.
“Of course they need to be held accountable,” he said. “It needs to be done, though, by a government and multiple governments that actually have the credibility and ethical focus to do that, and I think that that remains to be seen.”
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), the ranking Republican member of the House Oversight Committee, has vowed to summon Fauci in a planned probe of the origins of COVID-19 should the Republicans win the House.
“The American people deserve answers and anyone that was involved in any type of cover-up should be held accountable.”
Representatives for NIAID didn't respond to a query from The Epoch Times by press time.