Former Top Immunologist Fauci Admits Covid Policy Lacked Scientific Basis in Closed-Door Testimony Dr. Anthony Fauci, the prominent immunologist who played a central role in the COVID pandemic response for nearly three years before retiring at the end of 2022, made revealing admissions during closed-door testimony before a House committee last week.
The Federalist reported on Friday that Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, faced rigorous questioning from the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, confirming concerns raised by critics during his tenure.
While the details of Fauci’s 14-hour testimony remain private, The Federalist provided an overview of key points, promising a full transcript soon. Three significant admissions stood out. Firstly, Fauci acknowledged that Covid-19 policies were not grounded in science, admitting that the six feet of social distancing “sort of just appeared.” This revelation raised questions about the basis for pandemic measures that were touted as science-based.
Secondly, Fauci reversed his stance on COVID-19 vaccine mandates, conceding that such mandates could fuel broader vaccine hesitancy. This marked a departure from his earlier support for using government levers to enforce untested vaccines.
The report emphasized the growing scrutiny and efforts led by Rep. Jim Jordan and other GOP leaders to hold Fauci accountable for allegedly misleading Congress on various occasions. Concerns were raised about Fauci’s statements regarding gain-of-function research funding, which some argue may constitute false statements to Congress.
The Federalist also noted:
Lastly, Fauci still refuses to accept accountability for his mistakes. He said he’s still “not convinced” lockdowns hurt kids, despite children suffering an “unprecedented drop in performance” in math and reading scores. According to the federal government, reading test scores among nine-year-olds fell to their lowest point in 30 years, while math scores fell for the first time ever. No one expects perfection from their leaders, but the stubborn refusal to look in the mirror and take responsibility is more than just arrogant — it’s harmful for the ability to fix the problem.
Conservative podcaster Benny Johnson discussed the potential legal implications with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan. Johnson cited U.S. Code 1001, which addresses false statements to Congress and carries the possibility of imprisonment. Jordan acknowledged the potential for a referral to the Biden Justice Department but expressed skepticism about its pursuit with Democrats in control.
While a formal referral remains a possibility, Jordan indicated a preference for having Fauci return for further questioning to build a stronger case. The ongoing efforts by House Republicans underscore the contentious nature of Fauci’s legacy and the complex issues surrounding pandemic response decisions.