White Coat Waste Project has filed suit against the National Institute of Health in order to obtain emails from Dr. Anthony Fauci and other materials dating back to 2013 according to The Washington Examiner.
The taxpayer watchdog group asserts that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has the details needed to ascertain whether the NIH was legally responsible for information about the Wuhan lab where a potential leak lead to the spread of COVID-19.
The lawsuit filed on Tuesday questions whether NIH knew about EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit research group, which “was spending the agency’s money at the Wuhan animal lab, and what NIH and EHA knew about a potential lab leak in late 2019 and early 2020.”
“Taxpayers have a right to know what the NIH knew about how its money was being spent at the Wuhan animal lab, and what NIH knew about a potential lab leak in late 2019 and early 2020,” said Justin Goodman, vice president of advocacy and public policy at the White Coat Waste Project.
“Transparency and accountability at home and abroad are critical in the quest to identify the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to prevent another outbreak.”
EcoHealth Alliance reportedly secured a grant to perform research in Wuhan on coronavirus before the pandemic. The president of the group, Peter Daszak, even went so far as to thank Fauci for dismissing the theory that COVID-19 escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as was recently revealed in other emails sent to Fauci.
“From my perspective, your comments are brave, and coming from your trusted voice, will help dispel the myths being spun around the virus’ origins,” Daszak said referencing a Fox News reporter who asked then-President Donald Trump about the possible leak from the lab.
Fauci has repeatedly pushed off the possibility that th virus originated in the Wuhan lab, even laughing at it, to the point that many wondered why he was dead set against even the possibility of human error at a lab where to which he had funneled funding.