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Tennessee Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn joined the growing chorus of Capitol Hill lawmakers last week demanding National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci be fired.

Fire Fauci

— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) June 6, 2021

The call came on the heels of more than 3,200 pages of emails made public by a BuzzFeed Freedom of Information Act request, which exposedAmerica’s Doctor” as a political animal who spent 18 months rising to fame as the nation’s preeminent voice on coronavirus to cover his own plausible role in the viral outbreak.

Emails show Fauci dismissed early evidence that COVID-19 came from a Wuhan lab with taxpayer funding sponsored by his own NIAID, disregarded early indications that the virus was beyond containment, and contradicted his explanation for discouraging masks early on as merely concerned about their supply for health care workers. In the pandemic’s first days, Fauci, according to the emails, was the original anti-masker. 

But for Blackburn, it was the emails’ reveal of Fauci’s collusion “in cahoots” with Silicon Valley tech giant Facebook that was the last straw.

“Dr. Fauci was first of all interested in protecting himself and his reputation,” Blackburn told The Federalist in an exclusive Wednesday morning interview, complaining that Fauci had engaged in a politicized “PR campaign” in pursuit of his own self-interest as opposed to clear, concise, and consistent messaging as a credible public health expert.

In an email dated March 15 of last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg directly reached out to Fauci about participating in building the platform’s hub for virus-related news, an opportunity Fauci appeared excited to entertain in an effort to grow his own media-manufactured monopoly on coronavirus information.

“This isn’t public yet, but we’re building a Coronavirus Information Hub that we’re going to put at the top of Facebook for everyone (200+ million Americans, 2.5 billion people worldwide) with two goals: (1) make sure people can get authoritative information from reliable sources and (2) encourage people to practice social distance and give people ideas for doing this using internet tools,” wrote Zuckerberg. “This will be live

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