House Coronavirus Panel Opens Probe Into NIH ‘Conspiracy’ to Evade FOIA Requests Regarding COVID Origins

The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic is investigating a conspiracy “at the highest levels of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)”  to evade Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests regarding the origins of COVID-19.

Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) says the committee has obtained evidence showing that National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) officials under former Director Anthony Fauci routinely evaded FOIA requests to block public transparency.

Recently uncovered documents revealed that Fauci’s Senior Advisor, Dr. David Morens, went to the NIH FOIA office for advice on how to delete official records in an apparent effort to thwart federal law. The FOIA office appears to have assisted Morens in the endeavor, as he went on to write in one email “i learned from our foia lady here how to make emails disappear.”

The committee also has evidence that Dr. Fauci’s former-Chief of Staff, Greg Folkers, strategically misspelled words on a routine basis to avoid key word searches responsive to FOIA requests.

One word NIH bureaucrats were eager to protect from scrutiny was “EcoHealth,” the global health and pandemic prevention nonprofit run by embattled British zoologist Dr. Peter Daszak.

In 2014, following a number of “bio-safety incidents” at federal research facilities, the Obama administration placed a moratorium on risky gain-of-function research, but Fauci and Daszak skirted the moratorium and continued the experiments in Wuhan, China.

Millions of dollars in NIH funding were laundered through EcoHealth to “bat lady” Dr Shi Zhengli, head of the infectious disease unit at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, to conduct gain-of-function research on novel chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses and make them capable of infecting human cells.

Earlier this month, the  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finally initiated formal debarment proceedings against Daszak to prevent him receiving any more taxpayer dollars.

The move came three weeks after the Select Subcommittee released a report providing “extensive evidence” that Daszak showed “contempt for the American people, a flagrant disregard for the risks associated with gain-of-function research, and a willful violation of the terms of his NIH grant.”

Amid deep suspicions in 2021 that the COVID pandemic sprung from the Wuhan Lab, the conspirators appeared to work together to protect Eco Health from public scrutiny.

“In one email produced to the Select Subcommittee through a subpoena, Mr. Folkers appears to have purposefully misspelled ‘EcoHealth’ as ‘Ec~Health,'”  Wenstrup wrote in a press release Tuesday.


Fauci’s October 2021 calendar also contains a misspelling of the disgraced nonprofit, referring to it as “Ecco Health.”

Additionally, according to the documents, Morens gave his “best friend” Daszak preferential treatment by forwarding him potentially damaging FOIA productions prior to public release.

“Although the NIH claims it conducted a thorough investigation into Dr. Morens, these evasive tactics—along with previously uncovered evidence that Dr. Morens began using a Proton Mail account after his Gmail was probed by the Select Subcommittee—raise serious concerns that the NIH’s investigation missed important information,” Wenstrup said.

In a letter to National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Archivist Colleen Shogan, the chairman requested a staff-level briefing on NARA’s investigation into Morens and offered to give agency access to all documents in possession of the Select Subcommittee related to the investigation.

In a letter to NIH Director Monica M. Bertagnolli M.D., Wenstrup requested that the NIH immediately brief Select Subcommittee staff on its record retention and transparency policies.

“Based on new evidence, we are concerned that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was not able to conduct a fulsome or thorough investigation and that many government records have not been properly captured,” the chairman wrote.



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Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 08: House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) (C) questions witnesses during a subcommittee hearing with ranking member Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) (L) in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 08, 2023 in Washington, DC. Witnesses and members of the subcommittee aired and debated their disagreements about the possible origins of the COVID-19 coronavirus and whether it came from nature or a laboratory in China. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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