Pres. Biden’s top COVID adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and NIH Director Francis S. Collins testified Wednesday that they had not been consulted before the Biden Administration decided to cancel the Trump Administration’s investigation into the origin of the coronavirus.
At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) grilled Fauci and Collins over the Biden Administration’s decision to “spike” the investigation into whether the coronavirus may have originated in a lab in Wuhan, China.
After Dr. Fauci testified that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) played no part in ending the study, Sen. Kennedy asked the two doctors if they had been consulted before the Biden Administration pulled the plug on the investigation.
Both denied having been consulted.
When Sen. Kennedy asked if the Biden Administration “just spiked it without talking to their experts?” a period of silence followed, prompting Kennedy to ask, “You don’t want to answer that one, do you?”
“I just read about it,” Dr. Collins replied.
On Wednesday, CNN reported that “President Joe Biden's team shut down a closely-held State Department effort launched late in the Trump administration to prove the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab.”
Sen. Kennedy: “Why did y’all spike the prior administration’s investigation into the origins of the coronavirus and whether it could have come out of the Wuhan lab?”
Dr. Fauci: “Sir, we did not spike anything in the prior administration. I’m not sure what you mean by ‘spike.’ But, we have no influence.”
Sen. Kennedy: “The State Department spiked the prior administration’s study.”
Dr. Fauci: “But, that has nothing to do with the National Institutes of Health.”
Sen. Kennedy: “So, they didn’t consult with y’all?”
Dr. Fauci: “They did not.”
Sen. Kennedy: “Did they consult with you Dr. Collins?”
Dr. Collins: “I read about it in the press this morning.”
Sen. Kennedy: “Doc? They just spiked it without talking with their experts?”
Sen. Kennedy: “You don’t want to answer that one, do you?”
Dr. Collins: “I just read about it.”