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FRANKLIN, Tennessee — Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) told Breitbart News that she is “livid” with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and reiterated her call for Fauci to resign his position over funding his office provided to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
Blackburn also said she would question Fauci on whether the Chinese Communist Party — whose talking points she said he was echoing over the course of the pandemic — may have “intentionally” leaked the coronavirus from the lab, by far the furthest any U.S. senator has gone in questioning the CCP’s culpability and responsibility for the pandemic.

“Federal employees are supposed to give accurate information, and what we now know is that Dr. Fauci was fully aware that there were problems with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and that it should have been investigated, and that he is fully aware that in 2014 President Obama started sending funds to the lab — or Dr. Fauci through the Obama administration started sending funds over there,” Blackburn said in an exclusive long-form video interview as part of Breitbart News’s On The Hill series here at Puckett’s, a supermarket, restaurant, and live music venue at which many of Nashville’s biggest country stars have performed.
Fauci’s office, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), over the course of several years provided hundreds-of-thousands of U.S. taxpayer dollars through intermediaries to the WIV. Fauci’s office was set to provide what would have amounted to more than $1.5 million total to the lab through intermediaries, but in spring 2020, as the pandemic raged worldwide, pulled the plug — days after an email from NIH principal deputy director Lawrence Tabak to Fauci and NIH Director Francis Collins. Other grants uncovered by Congress show funding also came through intermediaries to the Wuhan lab from other parts of the federal government, like the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development.
On a bipartisan basis this week, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee adopted language from Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) to ban such funding in the future.

Blackburn noted in the interview that funding for the Wuhan lab came “right from the NIAID, which is [Fauci’s] agency.” Then she noted that Fauci’s emails, obtained via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, show he was privately concerned about this funding and research being conducted at the lab with backing of U.S. taxpayer dollars, but that Fauci did not raise these concerns publicly or with then-President Donald Trump and and then-Vice President Mike Pence. Pence led the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force last year, heading up the U.S. response to the pandemic.
“President Trump told him to stop it and he didn’t stop it,” Blackburn alleged. “President Trump said you cut this out or it’s your job. So, supposedly, he cut it out. Now, who all did he tell he had concerns over an engineered virus and gain of function research? He didn’t tell Congress. He didn’t tell the American people. How much of that information did he give to the president? How much did he give to Vice President Pence and the COVID response team?”
Blackburn has previously called for Fauci to resign, and Fauci responded to her by appearing on Meet The Press with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd to claim any criticisms of him are attacks on science itself. Blackburn replied to that with her own fact-check of Fauci, and now in this interview she is tripling down on her demand that Fauci resign and come clean. She also accused Fauci of using Chinese Communist Party talking points about the pandemic.

“So, he needs to step aside, and he needs to come to Congress, and he needs to answer these questions,” Blackburn told Breitbart News. “He needs to talk about the lab leak theory. ‘Why did you downplay that Dr. Fauci? Why did you have the very same talking points that the Chinese Communist Party had when they were talking about the Wuhan lab?’”
Blackburn continued with several more questions she has for Fauci, including whether the Chinese Communist Party deliberately let the coronavirus spread around the world and whether any potential lab leak was, in fact, “intentional.” Blackburn in the interview pointed to the CCP blocking travel internally inside China from Hubei Province, the home of Wuhan, but allowing people to leave Hubei Province to other places around the world. The virus quickly found its way to Italy, the first and only G7 country to join the CCP’s Belt and Road Initiative, where workers from Wuhan are based as part of the international deal with China. From there, the rest of Europe was hit hard and eventually the virus found its way worldwide, including to U.S. shores. Wuhan’s mayor, Zhou Xianwang, admitted in January 2020, as Breitbart News previously reported, that at least five million people left the city before it imposed a lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich also told Breitbart News at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 — while his wife Callista was serving as Trump’s ambassador to the Holy See and both of them were locked down in Italy — that the first people in Italy to have the virus were Chinese workers who traveled back to Italy from Wuhan.

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“‘Why did it not concern you when they locked down Hubei Province, which is where Wuhan is located, and said people from Wuhan, you cannot go anywhere else in China, but, you know, go out to the airport get on an airplane and fly anywhere else in the world you want to go?’” Blackburn asked. “‘Was the Chinese Communist Party trying to spread this virus? Was that intentional? Was the lab leak intentional? Were you not concerned when you became aware that the virus inside the lab and the virus that was being found in individuals was not the same as the virus from the Hunan wet market? Did you not raise this issue?’ There are all these questions that Dr. Fauci needs to answer and you see the disparities and discrepancies and the lack of being a forthcoming person — you see it in these emails. He said one thing to his colleagues and to Facebook, and he said another thing to the American people and the U.S. House and Senate.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) sent a team in early 2021 to Wuhan to investigate the origins of the virus, and in a 120-page study published afterwards concluded that a lab leak was “extremely unlikely.” The study did not consider the possibility of an intentional release of the virus. But in recent weeks, the lab leak theory has surged back to the forefront as a variety of scientists, political leaders, and pundits have grown more open to the possibility in the wake of news reports from places like the Wall Street Journal about the origins of the virus.

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GOP Lawmakers Blast Biden’s Coronavirus Surrender: Americans ‘Have Had Enough of Biden and Fauci’s Fake Science’

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Several Republican politicians have blasted the Biden administration for surrendering to more Chinese coronavirus mandates after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it is now recommending vaccinated individuals mask up in certain settings, concluding the American people “have had enough of Biden and Fauci’s fake science.”
On Tuesday, Biden’s CDC backtracked on previous guidance, drastically modifying its position by recommending vaccinated individuals wear masks in certain settings. The Biden White House was utterly unable to explain the discrepancies in talking points after weeks of health officials pitching vaccines as the primary way for the U.S. to return to pre-pandemic normalcy.

“If vaccines work…then why do people who have the vaccine need to now wear masks?” Peter Doocy of Fox News asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who was unable to sufficiently answer the question.
“The public health leaders in our administration have made the determination, based on data, that that is a way to make sure they’re protected,” she offered.
GOP lawmakers are now speaking out, lambasting the Biden administration for sending mixed signals.

“The American people have had enough of Biden and Fauci’s fake science,” Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) told Breitbart News in reaction to Biden offering an unconditional surrender to the coronavirus by retreating on the mask guidance from the CDC.
“This decision is nothing more than an example of outrageous government overreach that will infringe on our rights, threaten our businesses, and keep children falling behind at school,” he continued.
“How many more times will we allow this administration to move the goalposts and stunt our recovery from the pandemic?” he asked.
Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) told Breitbart News that the guidance will “create even more doubt about the effectiveness of the vaccine and therefore incentivize people that already have concerns not to get it.”
“This is going to make the problem worse, not better,” he warned.

“Just like he did with Kamala Harris and our border crisis, it’s weak for the President to abdicate his leadership on this important issue entirely to the CDC,” Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) told Breitbart News, explaining that the CDC has “proven it will almost always adopt the most restrictive guidance, despite the evidence and broader effects their policies ultimately have on our economy and way of life.”
“The CDC should be one source of information for Mr. Biden, not his proxy,” the congressman added.
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) said Democrats, along with the media, need to stop moving the goalposts.
“The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and every American has had the opportunity to get one,” he told Breitbart News.
“At some point Democrats, the media, and the health care bureaucracy will have to stop moving the goalposts and accept that Americans have a right to confront health risks in a manner they choose, including whether to get the vaccine or wear masks,” he added.

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“The CDC recommending masks for vaccinated people is going to take us right back to the way the heavy hand of government dealt with COVID in the first place,” Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) said on social media.
“Let this be solved at the grassroots level with individual responsibility. NO MORE mandates and masking that didn’t work,” he added:

The CDC recommending masks for vaccinated people is going to take us right back to the way the heavy hand of government dealt with COVID in the first place.
Let this be solved at the grassroots level with individual responsibility.
NO MORE mandates and masking that didn’t work. pic.twitter.com/irekIXSFMU
— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) July 27, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) administration also issued a pointed response, contending the updated rules are not based on science and warning that it will likely backfire.
“It isn’t based in science. There is no indication that areas with mask mandates have performed any better than areas without mask mandates,” DeSantis’s office told Breitbart News.
“In fact, this policy could actually backfire. Mandating masks for vaccinated people erodes public trust and confidence in the effectiveness of the vaccines. To me it appears that the government wants to be perceived as doing something during a seasonal infection surge, even if their policy does not necessarily make people safer,” DeSantis’s press secretary Christina Pushaw said.
“Mass psychosis fueled by schizophrenia at NIH and CDC. How do you say the vaccines work while taking actions that show you don’t believe it?” Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) told Breitbart News. “For what it’s worth, it looks like for most people the vaccines do work. Everyone should consult their own doctor—and ignore Dr. Fauci,” he added.
Meanwhile, Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, is blaming unvaccinated people for her agency backtracking.
The updated mask guidance, she claimed, “could have been avoided” if more people had gotten vaccinated, falling in line with the administration, which continues to undermine its own narrative.

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CDC to Reverse Course, Recommend Masks for Vaccinated People

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is set on Tuesday to recommend masks for vaccinated people indoors under certain circumstances.
“As recently as last week, an agency spokesman said that the C.D.C. had no plans to change its guidance, unless there were a significant change in the science,” the New York Times reported.

“Federal officials met on Sunday night to review new evidence that may have prompted the reversal,” the report continued. “The new guidance would mark a sharp turnabout from the agency’s position since May that vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in most indoor spaces.”

“It’s a dynamic situation. It’s a work in progress, it evolves like in so many other areas of the pandemic,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. “You’ve got to look at the data.”

Already some areas of America are bringing back coronavirus protocols, such as Palm Beach, Florida, which has mandated masks and social distancing measures even though 100 percent of residents ages 16 and older are vaccinated.
“People who are vaccinated can be infected with the coronavirus, particularly with the Delta variant,” Council President Maggie Zeidman stated. “The viral load with the Delta variant is much higher. That means that everybody is susceptible. People who are vaccinated now need to mask up, so everybody has to wear a mask.”
Town Manager Kirk Blouin explained the reoccurring measures will “remain in effect until the town deems it safe to relax mitigation efforts,” while the police have been “authorized to issue trespass warnings and remove any individuals not in compliance with the policy.”
Despite the snapback coronavirus restrictions, according to the Google News coronavirus tracker, there have been no deaths from coronavirus since June 3 in Palm Beach County. On July 25, Palm Beach County had a seven-day average of 569 cases.

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‘Let Them Breathe’ Parents Group Sues Gavin Newsom over School Mask Mandate

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A California parents group called “Let Them Breathe” sued Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) Thursday over his school mask requirement.

The San Diego-based group, which has 13,000 members, filed the lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court with the Reopen California Schools group, the San Diego Union-Tribune 

“We’re seeing kids be more anxious, more depressed, have difficulty engaging in their education when they’re unable to see each others’ faces, share smiles, and just start getting back to life with some type of normalcy,” Let Them Breathe founder Sharon McKeeman told the paper.

“The bottom line is the government should not be doing parents’ jobs. We’re the parents; we know what’s best for our children.”

Newsom’s mandate requires students and educators to wear masks at all times in K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are optional outdoors, according to the regulation.

The California Department of Public Health said mask enforcement will be handled by local schools “as the state recognizes the unique needs of each district and child,” according to the Mercury News.

The suit alleges Newsom and health bureaucrats violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), which dictates how rules will be made:

Compliance with the APA, which requires among other things public notice and comment for proposed regulations, is not a mere technicality. The procedures required by the APA ensure that regulations are clear and understandable to the public, are based on accurate data and sound scientific principles, and are consistent with the law.

It also argues:

California schoolchildren and their families are suffering irreparable harm each day that their schools require healthy schoolchildren to wear masks while indoors and to quarantine at home, while not being provided with a reasonable alternative to in-person instruction.

The lawsuit alleges Newsom’s order violates the Equal Protection Clause of the California Constitution because “Defendants’ mask mandate applies only to K-12 school settings, whereas California has mandated that fully vaccinated individuals, both adults and children, are not required to wear a mask at any time.”

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Let Them Breathe is seeking to have the San Diego Superior Court invalidate the mask mandate and bar schools from excluding students who refuse to wear a mask indoors.

“It’s just shocking to me that we’re at this point. It’s heartbreaking and frustrating that we actually as parents have to file a lawsuit just for our kids to be able to engage in their education, share their smiles with people, and just feel comfortable breathing,” McKeeman told 

The case, Let Them Breathe v. Gavin Newsom, is in San Diego Superior Court and a case number has not yet been assigned.

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