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White House press secretary Jen Psaki was treated to exactly zero questions Wednesday on the recently-released treasure trove of Dr. Fauci emails.

But she did get one today, and her answer not only was in no way acceptable, but it also further proved a point Republicans have been making about how hearings need to be scheduled and conducted ASAP with Dr. Fauci prominently featured front and center in them to face questions.

During today’s press briefing, Psaki was asked about an April 2020 email exchange between Fauci – who is the NIAID director as well as President Biden’s chief medical adviser, and Dr. Francis Collins – who is the director of the NIH and Fauci’s boss. Though the contents of the emails were blacked out, the subject of the email read “conspiracy gains momentum” and contained a link to a story written by Mediaite about a Sean Hannity segment that discussed theories about the coronavirus’ origin. Here’s what the emails looked like:

An April 2020 email from NIH Director Francis Collins to Fauci under the subject line: Conspiracy gains momentum. The email included a link to an article about Brett Baier saying on FOX News that covid outbreak started in Wuhan lab. Fauci’s response is redacted. pic.twitter.com/G8F7SUB23U

— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) June 1, 2021

Not much info there, but it was enough for the reporter to ask Psaki if it was the White House’s position that the theory that the coronavirus was “bioengineered” in a Wuhan lab “as a weapon” was not a valid theory or if it was an “open question.”

Psaki sidestepped the specifics of the question and instead gave a canned answer about how the White House believed Fauci was an “undeniable asset” and about how it was “not that advantageous for me to re-litigate the substance of emails from 17 months ago”:

“Well, I think we’ve spoken to this pretty extensively from here. Let me just say on Dr. Fauci and his emails, he’s also spoken to this many, many times over the last – over the course of the last few

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