(Natural News) Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) criticized top American infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci during a television appearance. The lawmaker accused Fauci of “playing word games” and “attempting to cover his tracks” regarding the origin of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to Cotton, the Fauci could be involved in a “genuine scandal” with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
During a May 23 Fox News appearance, Cotton said that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) must “come clean and tell [Congress] exactly what happened. Cotton added that he thinks many of the scientific bureaucrats and experts “are trying to cover their tracks” on where COVID-19 really came from.
The lawmaker also commented on the “gain of function” research conducted at the Wuhan facility, which received NIH funding. The research aimed to examine sickness-causing pathogens such as bat coronaviruses. Chinese scientists at the WIV, led by the institute’s resident expert Shi Zhengli, frequently visited the caves in southern China’s Yunnan province to collect samples of coronaviruses from bats.
“This could be public health bureaucrats violating explicit direction from the Obama [administration] … to continue research that is highly, highly dangerous and particularly susceptible to escape from a laboratory – especially [one based] in China,” Cotton said.
“The money that the NIH gave went to an American organization, which turned around and gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to these Wuhan labs,” he explained, adding that these labs then proceeded to “investigate coronaviruses … and find ways to make them more contagious and more dangerous.”
Cotton also brought up the idea that the virus escaped from the WIV facility during his Fox News appearance. “Dr. Fauci has been to Congress, and he said this absolutely did not happen. But [he] is playing word games,” he said. The U.S. senator added that he and other