The Fox News host cited emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request indicating the president’s chief medical adviser knew in early 2020 that research he backed may have led to the creation of COVID-19.

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Tucker Carlson slammed Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president, on Wednesday, saying Fauci lied under oath and may be under criminal investigation based on recently released emails. 

Earlier this week, The Washington Post and Buzzfeed News published a trove of emails to and from Dr. Fauci obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The messages show that Fauci knew in early 2020 that COVID-19 may have been engineered and appeared to express fears about research he supported that may have led to the creation of the virus.

“The utter fraudulence of Tony Fauci is obvious now, and it’s widely acknowledged,” Tucker Carlson said. “But it was not always obvious. In March of last year, we interviewed Fauci on this show. We treated him with respect. We took his answers seriously.”

“It soon became clear that Tony Fauci was just another sleazy federal bureaucrat — deeply political and often dishonest,” Carlson continued. 

“More shocking, we then learned that Fauci himself was implicated in the very pandemic he’d been charged with fighting,” he said, apparently referring to “gain-of-function” experiments at a laboratory in Wuhan, China funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which Dr. Fauci has led for decades. The NIAID is a division of the National Institutes of Health.

The new emails “show that from the beginning, Fauci was worried the public might conclude that COVID originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Carlson said. “Why was Fauci be concerned that Americans would conclude that? Possibly because Tony Fauci knew perfectly well he’d funded gain-of-function experiments at that same laboratory.”

“The emails prove Fauci lied about this under oath,” he concluded, pointing to an email from Kristian Andersen, a professor with the Scripps Research Institute who informed Fauci last
January that the virus may well be man-made. 

“The unusual features of the virus make up a really small part of the genome (less than point one percent), so one has to look really closely at all the sequences to see that some of the features (potentially) look engineered,” Andersen wrote. “I should mention that after discussions earlier today, Eddie, Bob, Mike, and myself all find the genome inconsistent with expectations from evolutionary theory.”

“Fauci then sent an urgent email to his top deputy, Hugh Auchincloss,” deputy director of NIAID, Carlson noted. 

“It is essential that we speak this AM. Keep your cell phone on. Read this paper as well as the email that I will forward you know. You will have tasks today that must be done,” Fauci wrote to Auchincloss on February 1 in an email titled “IMPORTANT.”

“The paper you sent me says the experiments were performed before the gain of function pause but have since been reviewed and approved by NIH,” Auchincloss told Fauci, informing him that someone named “Emily” “will try to determine if we have any distant ties to this work abroad.”

Fauci’s email to Auchincloss had included a document titled “Baric, Shi, et al — Nature Medicine — SARS Gain of Function.pdf.”

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