Watch Live: Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before Republican-led House panel


Washington — Dr. Anthony Fauci is testifying on Monday before a Republican-led House panel investigating the origins of COVID-19 and the government’s pandemic response, in a widely anticipated hearing where the intense partisan divide over the pandemic is likely to be once again on display. 

The hearing marks Fauci’s first public appearance on Capitol Hill since leaving government in 2022, where he served as the chief medical advisor to President Biden and as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 

Fauci, who was revered by the left and denigrated by the right during the pandemic, is expected to be grilled by Republicans on the the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic committee during Monday’s hearing.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), arrives for a closed-door interview with the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic at the U.S. Capitol January 8, 2024 in Washington,
Dr. Anthony Fauci, former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives for a closed-door interview with the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic on Jan. 8, 2024.

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The hearing comes days after committee Republicans demanded Fauci turn over some personal emails, questioning whether he had been communicating about official government work on his private accounts.

A senior adviser to Fauci, Dr. David Morens, faced tough questioning last week from the panel over emails suggesting that he may have been circumventing federal Freedom of Information Act rules by using a “secret back channel” with Fauci.

Last week, the committee released transcripts from a closed-door interview conducted with Fauci in January that it said has been a “critical component” to the committee’s investigations into the origins of the virus, government policies during the pandemic and improvements to the U.S. public health system. The interview lasted 14 hours over the course of two days

At the time of the interview, the panel’s chairman, Rep. Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, told CBS News that the interview and the exchanges were cordial and professional.

But GOP committee staff concluded in a memo of key takeaways that the lab leak theory about where the virus originated is “not a conspiracy theory,” pointing to comments from Fauci during the interview that it “could be a lab leak or it could be a natural occurrence,” though he noted that he believes the evidence he’s seen suggests to him that it’s more likely a natural occurrence. 

The memo also claimed that certain pandemic policies lacked supporting scientific evidence, like the guidance to maintain a six-foot distance from others, vaccine mandates and masks for children. 

Fauci’s testimony, along with the closed-door interview, are expected to be included among the subcommittee’s final report on its investigation, which will come late this year.



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