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Following the release of the redacted emails of Dr. Anthony Fauci at the beginning of June — and with an eye toward comments the good doctor made the month prior before Congress when he insisted his agency had never funded gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab — five GOP Senators have written a letter to the heads of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) asking for all “records related to the origins of COVID-19 and China‘s Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

Sen. Ron Johnson, ranking member on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, along with Sens. Josh Hawley, James Lankford, Rand Paul, and Rick Scott, sent a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and NIH Director Francis Collins on Monday. In the letter, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee members wrote they wanted answers about NIH’s “handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The recent release of approximately 4,000 pages of NIH email communications and other documents from early 2020 has raised serious questions about NIH’s handling of COVID-19,” the GOP letter said. “Between June 1 and June 4, 2021, the news media and public interest groups released approximately 4,000 pages of NIH emails and other documents these organizations received through Freedom of Information Act requests. These documents, though heavily redacted, have shed new light on NIH’s awareness of the virus’ origins in the early stages of the COVID19 pandemic.”

Fauci had sparred with Sen. Paul at a Senate hearing in May when the senator asked the doctor if he still supported NIH funding being sent to the Wuhan lab that has come under increased scrutiny of late as the possible source of a coronavirus leak that sparked the pandemic. Fauci replied: “Sen. Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect — that the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

However in their letter, the senators pointed to several email conversations between Fauci and colleagues during the early days of the pandemic that would suggest that Fauci not

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