Republicans Hold COVID Hearings, After Pelosi Refuses

Pelosi refused to hold the hearings.

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Republicans in the House are trying to get to the bottom of the COVID-19 plague. For days they have been calling for hearings on the subject. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, frightened of what could be exposed at the hearings, steadfastly refused to consider the Republican request. Finally, the GOP had enough of stonewalling and went ahead with the hearings themselves. The results are beginning to implicate Anthony Fauci more and more.

FNC: “GOP lawmakers on Tuesday held their own hearing on the origins of COVID-19 and demanded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi convene a bipartisan one, also urging the House to pass a bill to declassify all intelligence related to the virus. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said that Republicans had invited Dr. Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but without the approval of the speaker their hearing had no subpoena power to compel them to testify. Scalise called on the House to take up the COVID-19 Origin Act, which unanimously passed the Senate in May but has not yet been brought up for a vote in the lower chamber. The bill would compel the director of national intelligence to declassify ‘any and all information’ about potential links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology and COVID-19.

Scalise is a ranking member on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. He said he asked Chairman Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., about holding a hearing on the origin of the virus, and Clyburn declined.”

“Perplexingly, Speaker Pelosi has refused to allow a single hearing – calling it a ‘diversion.’ As the American people will hear today from our expert witnesses, this is far from a diversion,” Scalise said in remarks at the opening of the hearings. Pelosi shot back.

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“Perhaps if Republicans were actually interested in real answers, they would remember that the House Intelligence Committee is reviewing the intelligence on this matter in addition to the Biden administration’s own review,” Pelosi spox Henry Connelly said in a statement.

But Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH, said that Fauci “didn’t have the courage” to “come defend himself” at the hearing. “I’m convinced these guys knew right from the get-go what the truth was and they misled the American people,” Jordan said, referencing a number of Fauci emails made public in early June.

“He showed up everywhere for a year and a half. You couldn’t go a day and not see Dr. Fauci somewhere, he was everywhere and now when we have emails… all this evidence suddenly you can’t find him,” said Jordan.

Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-WI, said it was “long past time to completely decouple scientific collaborations with the Chinese Communist Party. We have plenty of like-minded allies and partners not engaged in genocide nor threatening their neighbors with invasion to collaborate with.”

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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