by Dr. Joseph Mercola
September 09, 2021
Paul Thacker, a former investigator with the U.S. Senate, says Dr.
Anthony Fauci lied to Congress when he claimed he's never funded
gain-of-function research. This is a federal offense punishable by
up to five years in prison, provided the false statements are
materially relevant and knowingly false
July 20, 2021, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul
- who has grilled Fauci about his
research funding in two separate hearings in 2021 - announced he
would ask the DOJ for a criminal referral, as he's convinced Fauci
made false statements to Congress
"smoking gun" is a research article written by Wuhan Institute
of Virology (WIV) scientists. The paper (Discovery
of a rich gene pool of bat SARS-related coronaviruses
provides new insights into the origin of SARS
coronavirus) acknowledges funding from
the NIAID/NIH, and the research meets the Department of Health and
Human Services' definition of gain-of-function research
According to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity,
"The term 'gain-of-function' is generally used to refer
to changes resulting in the acquisition of new, or an
enhancement of existing, biological phenotypes"
In a June 2021 essay, professor Jeffrey Sachs, head of The Lancet's
commission tasked with investigating COVID's origin, described how
the NIAID has funded gain-of-function research at the WIV, stating
it's "common knowledge in the U.S. scientific community that NIH has... supported genetic recombinant research on SARS-like viruses that
many scientists describe as GOFROC [gain-of-function research of
In an August 31, 2021, substack article, 1 Paul Thacker, an
investigative reporter and former investigator with the U.S. Senate,
reviews evidence he claims shows Dr.
Anthony Fauci lied to Congress,
an offense punishable by up to five years in prison, provided the
false statements are materially relevant and knowingly false.
"A new investigative
documentary by the U.K.'s Channel 4 2 detailed some
of the strongest evidence to date that the COVID19 'pandemic'
may have started from a lab leak in Wuhan, China," Thacker
"At the very least, the documentary's interviews with
experts and review of documents made explicit how China has
misled the world about its research with dangerous pathogens...
The documentary clarified one other point:
lied before Congress and the American public when he claimed
during a congressional hearing that he has not funded
gain-of-function research conducted by the Wuhan Institute of
President Biden has campaigned on honesty and decency.
now for President
'What will you do with Fauci now that he
has broken the law and violated the public trust by lying before
Fauci Redefines Scientific Terms on the Fly
In what appears to be an attempt to extricate himself from blame for
the COVID 'pandemic', Fauci - director of the National Institute for
Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), an arm of the National
Institutes for Health (NIH), since 1986 - denied ever having funded
gain-of-function research at the WIV or elsewhere when
questioned by members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and
Pensions Committee in May 2021. 4
The term 'gain-of-function'
is generally used to refer to changes
resulting in the acquisition of new,
or an enhancement of existing,
National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity
According to Thacker, the evidence clearly refutes this.
One "smoking gun" is a research article written by WIV scientists titled,
"Discovery of a Rich Gene Pool of Bat SARS-Related Coronaviruses
Provides New Insights Into the Origin of SARS Coronavirus."
research was funded by the NIH and meets the Department of Health
and Human Services' definition of gain-of-function research.
The Channel 4 documentary addressed this paper.
When asked whether
the NIH ever funded gain-of-function research at the WIV,
David Relman, a research physician at Stanford University, replies,
Indirectly, but yes. How do we know? The paper says, right on the
front page, 'Supported by NIAID, NIH'."
The clip featuring Relman is
included here below:
As previously reported by the National Review, 8 we know the WIV
received NIAID/NIH funding to create novel chimeric SARS-related
coronaviruses capable of infecting both human cells and lab animals.
"Chimeric viruses" refers to artificial man-made viruses, hybrid
organisms created through the joining of two or more different
This is precisely what gain-of-function research is all about...
According to a 2016 report 9 from the National Science Advisory Board
"The term 'gain-of-function'
is generally used to refer to changes resulting in the
acquisition of new, or an enhancement of existing, biological
Fauci now wants to adopt a far narrower definition of
gain-of-function research that takes into account the supposed
intent behind the research, but that really doesn't make sense.
because you don't set out with intent to harm doesn't mean your
creation can't cause harm or might inadvertently cause harm.
US Funding of Gain-of-Function Research Was Well-Established
According to Thacker,
"Fauci certainly knew that the WIV he was
helping to fund conducted gain-of-function studies, because it has
been common knowledge." 10
For example, a year before Fauci was
queried by Congress, Newsweek reported that: 11
"In 2019, with the backing of NIAID, the National Institutes of
Health committed $3.7 million over six years for research that
included some gain-of-function work.
The program followed another
$3.7 million, 5-year project for collecting and studying bat coronaviruses, which ended in 2019, bringing the total to $7.4
The NIH research consisted of two parts. The first part
12 began in
2014 and involved surveillance of bat coronaviruses...
funded Shi Zheng-Li, a virologist at the Wuhan lab... to investigate
and catalogue bat coronaviruses in the wild. This part of the
project was completed in 2019.
A second phase 13 of the project, beginning that year, included... gain-of-function research for the purpose of understanding how bat coronaviruses could mutate to attack humans.
The project was run by EcoHealth Alliance... under the direction of President Peter Daszak... NIH canceled the project...
April 24 ...
Many scientists have criticized gain
of function research, which involves manipulating viruses in the
lab to explore their potential for infecting humans, because it
creates a risk of starting a 'pandemic' from accidental release."
Around that same time, former Acting Director of the CIA Michael Morell told Politico
"if the virus leaked
from a Wuhan lab, the U.S. would shoulder some of the blame
since it funded research at that lab through government grants
from 2014 to 2019."
Mid-January 2021, the U.S. State Department published a fact sheet
accusing the Chinese government of being obsessively secretive about
gain-of-function research at the WIV, and that it was collaborating
with the Chinese military on secret projects.
The fact sheet has since been removed from the State Department's
website, but was reported by a number of outlets at the time.
them, Life Site News, which wrote: 15
"In a 'Fact Sheet' posted online... the Department of State (DOS)
presented three distinct elements about the origin of the virus,
which 'deserve greater scrutiny'...
The first of the three issues
needing further investigation, was the outbreak of illness inside
the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
The DOS revealed it had
'reason to believe' that 'several
researchers inside the WIV became sick in autumn 2019, before the
first identified case of the outbreak, with symptoms consistent with
both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses'...
Additionally, the DOS noted that researchers in the WIV had been
performing experiments on 'RaTG13, the bat coronavirus identified by
the WIV in January 2020 as its closest sample to SARS-CoV-2 (96.2%
similar)' since at least '2016'...
The laboratory also,
'has a published record of conducting
gain-of-function research to engineer chimeric viruses.'
research, gain-of-function research, is a kind which,
ability of a pathogen to cause disease'."
Additional Reports Citing Gain-of-Function Research
March 6, 2021, the editorial board of The Washington Post published
an article 16 calling for an independent investigation into the
origin of SARS-CoV-2.
In that article, the board pointed out that:
"… a senior researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Shi Zhengli, was working on
'gain-of-function' experiments, which involve modifying viral
genomes to give them new properties, including the ability to
infect lung cells of laboratory mice that had been genetically
modified to respond as human respiratory cells would."
The board also noted that Shi was,
"working with bat coronaviruses
that were genetically very similar to the one that caused the
A few months later, in a June 22, 2021, essay, 17
professor Jeffrey Sachs, head of The Lancet's commission tasked with
investigating COVID's origin, also described how the NIAID has
funded gain-of-function research at the WIV:
"It is in fact common knowledge in the U.S. scientific community
that NIH has indeed supported genetic recombinant research on SARS-like
viruses that many scientists describe as GOFROC [gain-of-function
research of concern].
The peer-reviewed scientific literature reports the results of such
NIH-supported recombinant genetic research on SARS-like viruses.
More specifically, it is clear that the NIH co-funded research at
the WIV that deserves scrutiny under the hypothesis of a
laboratory-related release of the virus."
Someone who has taken a particular interest in Fauci's potential
role in this 'pandemic' is Dr.
Peter Breggin, a Harvard-trained
psychiatrist and former consultant for the National Institute of
In October 2020, he published the report 18 "Dr. Fauci's COVID-19 Treachery," detailing Fauci's ties to the
Communist Party (CCP) and its military.
Breggin is convinced Fauci,
"has been the major force" behind
research activities that enabled the CCP to manufacture lethal SARS
coronaviruses, which in turn led to the release - whether accidental
or not - of SARS-CoV-2 from the WIV.
He claims Fauci has helped the CCP obtain "valuable U.S. patents,"
and that he, in collaboration with the CCP and
the WHO, initially
suppressed the truth about the origins and dangers of the 'pandemic',
thereby enabling the spread of the virus from China to the rest of
Fauci has, and continues to, shield the CCP and himself, Breggin
"denying the origin of SARS-CoV-2" and
"delaying and thwarting worldwide attempts to deal rationally
with the 'pandemic'."
In the executive summary of the report, Breggin documents 15
questionable activities that Fauci has been engaged in, starting
with the fact that he funded dangerous gain-of-function research on
bat coronaviruses, both by individual Chinese researchers and the
WIV in collaboration with American researchers.
This research, Breggin says, allowed the CCP and its military to create their own
bioweapons, including SARS-CoV-2.
Will Fauci Be Held Accountable?
According to Thacker,
"it's obvious" Fauci
"broke the law and misled Congress."
He adds: 19
"This is not my
personal opinion; I was required to know and enforce the
relevant provisions of the law during the three years I ran
investigations in the Senate.
On two occasions I
had to consult with Senate Legal Counsel and then warn people
about lying to Congress...
Fauci lied while testifying before Congress. Fauci lied to the
American people. Several lines of evidence make this clear.
catching Fauci lying and breaking the law does little good, because
the Department of Justice prosecutes people for lying to
Congress, and the Department of Justice is run... by the Biden
So what is President
Biden going to do about this?"
During an appearance on the
Hannity Show, July 20, 2021, U.S. Sen.
Rand Paul - who has grilled Fauci about his research funding
in two separate hearings this year - announced he would indeed ask
the DOJ for a criminal referral. 20
Paul specifically asked the DOJ to investigate whether Fauci
violated 18 U.S. Code § 1001 21 - which makes it a federal crime to
"any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or
representation" as part of "any investigation or review" conducted
by Congress - or any other statute.
Time will tell if it amounts to
Gain-of-Function Research Is the Real Threat
Regardless of what happens to Fauci, at the end of the day, the key
issue that needs to be addressed is,
whether we should allow research
that involves making pathogens more dangerous to humans at all,
regardless of what the intent behind it might be, or the specific
Lab leaks have occurred on multiple occasions, so it's really only a
matter of time before something far more devastating than SARS-CoV-2
World leaders need to realize that funding
gain-of-function research is the real threat here, and take action
accordingly to forestall another 'pandemic'.
As long as researchers
are allowed to mutate and create synthetic pathogens, they're
creating the very risk they claim they're trying to prevent.
Fiery Clash Between Rand Paul and Dr. Fauci
Each Accuses the
Other of Lying -
Sources and References
1, 3, 10, 19 Disinformation
Chronicle August 31, 2021
4, Did Covid Leak from a Lab in China? August 22, 2021
Review May 11, 2021
Pathogens November 30, 2017 DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006698
US Government Gain of Function Deliberative Process and Research
Funding Pause October 17, 2014
DHHS Framework for Guiding Funding Decisions about Proposed
Research Involving Enhanced Potential 'pandemic' Pathogens 2017
Review May 13, 2021
Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity May 2016
April 28, 2020
Project Information 1R01AI110964-0
Project Information 2R01AI110964-06
April 30, 2021
Site News January 18, 2021
Post March 6, 2021 (Archived)
Syndicate June 22, 2021
Fauci's COVID-19 Treachery October 19, 2020 (PDF)
July 21, 2021
US Code § 1001 – Statements or entries generally