House Oversight and Reform Committee Ranking Member James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan sent a letter Wednesday to White House senior medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci asking him to explain a possible “discrepancy” in his sworn congressional testimony about taxpayer-funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
In the letter, first obtained by Daily Caller, Comer and Jordan said it appears the NIH funded gain-of-function research and call on Fauci to clarify his May 2021 testimony, in which he stated under oath that the NIH has never funded gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“On May 11, 2021, while testifying under oath, you stated, ‘[t]he NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the [WIV].’ This appears to contradict your 2012 statement regarding gain-of-function research and the WIV,” the letter said.
“At a 2012 conference entitled ‘Gain-of-Function Research on HPA1 H5N1 Viruses,’ you said, ‘[w]hat historically investigators have done is to actually create gain-of-function by making mutations, passage adoption, or other genetic techniques, such as reverse genetics,’” the letter said.
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