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Ex-State Dept COVID investigator calls newly-unredacted Fauci communications 'an extensive cover-up'

Ex-State Dept COVID investigator calls newly-unredacted Fauci communications 'an extensive cover-up'

A letter from Dr. Anthony Fauci that was previously heavily redacted was released mostly unredacted and reviewed by Fox News' 'The Story' team on Friday.


A newly-unredacted missive from Dr. Anthony Fauci suggesting the COVID-19 pandemic may have been grounded in gain-of-function research is proof positive of an extensive "cover-up," according to a former State Department pandemic investigator.

On Friday, Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum's team on "The Story" delved deeper into messaging from Fauci at the suggestion of a former top COVID policy official in the Trump administration, after the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Pandemic released more unredacted documents this week.

The letter in question had been nearly completely redacted, save for about the first line. Fauci wrote to "folks" that the viral sequence found in the coronavirus strain contained "mutations in the virus that would have been most unusual to have evolved naturally in bats," adding there had been "suspicion that this mutation was intentionally inserted…"

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According to new parts of the letter read on "The Story" by MacCallum, Fauci went on to say that upon further "considerable discussion, some of the scientists felt more strongly about this possibility. Two others felt differently, but they felt it was entirely conceivable that it could have evolved naturally with these mutations."

Dr. David Asher, a former State Department investigator, bluntly said on "The Story" that "it's a cover up."

Asher said the letter was just one example from a tranche of correspondence and comments the House committee, led by Reps. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio and Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., uncovered.

"They've gotten through all the private communications of all of the scientists orchestrated by Fauci to draft this proximal origins paper that concluded that beyond a reasonable doubt, this thing came from nature," Asher said.

"I can only imagine what's going to come out in the coming weeks as more of these internal communications are uncovered and we go and double back with some of these scientists that testified under oath that they had never really taken the zoonotic story behind covered as a primary thesis."

Asher was not the first to recently accuse Fauci of covering up facts behind the true origins of COVID-19, as a top Republican and medical doctor of ophthalmology himself frequently sparred with the immunologist on the subject:

In March, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Fauci didn't want any attention drawn to the lab-leak theory because his office had for years supported and allegedly funded gain-of-function research with U.S. taxpayer funds.