Fauci will be grilled for hours under oath by GOP AGs in Wednesday’s deposition
Attorneys General Eric Schmitt and Jeff Landry will question Dr. Anthony Fauci under oath Wednesday for at least eight hours about Fauci’s alleged role in colluding with Big Tech to control communication about COVID-19 as part of the GOP lawsuit A.G.
“Tomorrow we will be taking Dr. Fauci’s deposition in our lawsuit against the Biden Administration for colluding with Big Tech to censor speech. We have many questions for Dr. Fauci,” Schmitt said in a tweet Tuesday.
The deposition began at 8 a.m. ET and will be sealed under court order. It is expected to be an all-day ordeal.
Last month, a federal judge ordered that Fauci’s high-profile public comments make him a key figure in the lawsuit by the Republican attorneys general of Missouri and Louisiana. The AGs allege “collusion” between the Biden administration and social media companies to censor speech that could be politically damaging to the White House, such as the origin of the virus and the effectiveness of masks.
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Schmitt and Landry filed the lawsuit in May, accusing top government officials of working with social media giant Meta. [Facebook]Twitter and YouTube “under the pretext of fighting disinformation” to achieve greater censorship.
One fact they want to prove is that Fauci worked with Facebook and others to suppress talk that the virus originated in a lab in Wuhan, China.
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“Defendant Dr. Anthony Fauci, a senior federal government official, in coordination with others, orchestrated a campaign to discredit the lab leak hypothesis in early 2020,” Landry and Schmitt said in their filing . “As director of [National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases] NIAID, Dr. Fauci had funded risky “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology through intermediaries such as the EcoHealth Alliance, led by Dr. Peter Daszak”.
“Therefore, if the lab leak theory were established, Drs. Fauci and Daszak could potentially be involved in funding research into viruses that caused the COVID19 pandemic and killed millions of people worldwide” , said.
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In her final White House press conference before her retirement, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre praised Fauci’s work in providing “information and facts” to the American people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As you all know, Dr. Fauci is retiring next month, and I am honored, very honored, to have him today one more time, one last time at the podium,” Jean-Pierre said. “For so many Americans throughout our struggle with COVID, Dr. Fauci has been a source of information and facts.”
“It’s really a great pleasure to be here with you again, although I think for the last time,” Fauci said before again urging Americans to get vaccinated.
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“Every day for all these years I have given him everything I have, and I have never left anything on the field,” he continued. “I gave it everything I had.”