Donald Trump wanted to haul Anthony Fauci in front of a US presidential commission to give evidence about funding the Wuhan laboratory suspected of leaking Covid-19.
Why did you fund Chinese bioweapon research?
Advanced plans were underway for the special presidential panel, with an executive order even drawn up to hold China and its collaborators accountable and tally a reparations bill to fire off to Beijing.
Trump’s instincts were usually correct, but then some “advisers” would talk him out of it. Again and again.
But the then US president’s senior advisers talked him out of the idea as it was about to be announced, according to insider accounts detailed in a soon-to-be released book on the origins of Covid-19, What Really Happened in Wuhan.
In another bombshell revelation from the book, US officials suspected China had developed a vaccine for Covid-19 prior to the outbreak, with the claims included in a “sensitive but unclassified” internal report.
The book also reveals Joe Biden scrapped a push by the State Department’s Arms, Control, Verification and Compliance Unit to formally confront China in Geneva over its cover-up of Covid-19 and potential breaches of the biological weapons convention in the Wuhan lab. …
In a highly controversial move, Mr Trump’s top adviser on the coronavirus, Dr Fauci, would be hauled in to explain why he funded risky coronavirus research in China and the not-for-profit EcoHealth Alliance president Peter Daszak would be grilled on the missing virus database from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, among other topics. …
The Commission would have also tallied a bill to send to Beijing “to recover any damages as well as all costs estimated.”
Such a commission, determined to hold the Communist Party to account and ask it to pay reparations for the economic and human damage from the pandemic, would have been explosive, and significantly corrode already strained China-US relations. Mr Yu had an office set up in the White House to run the commission and Mr Navarro says, “We almost got to the finish line”.
But the presidential commission was killed off during a meeting in the Oval Office where Mr Trump’s economic advisers argued fiercely against it.
Other officials were concerned the commission would be seen as a political manoeuvre so close to the November election and be derided by the media.
One senior White House official said: “It was actually an excellent idea, just floated way too late.”
“It would’ve looked very political, and (we) had tried very, very hard to make the China issue nonpartisan.”
Another senior Mr Trump official said, “An inquiry like that is exactly the right thing but it was going to be almost impossible for President Trump to appoint a commission that was going to be viewed as bipartisan.”
“People were too crazed on the left. I don’t think the left would have participated in it,” he said. …
Mr Navarro said it was a mistake to kill off the idea. “They are all China apologists,” he said. … “We had a presidential commission for Pearl Harbor, for the BP oil spill and for the Kennedy assassination. We need one into the origins of the coronavirus as well.” …
Mr DiNanno wrote a memo on December 5, 2020 to senior figures in the State Department attaching a “sensitive but unclassified” document which outlined the case for the démarche.
“The research the Chinese were doing on Gain of Function (GOF) was for potential military offensive purposes, they hid it and did not/have not shared what they knew and know,” he wrote. …
When Mr DiNanno called one of the State Department’s top weapons experts into his office to discuss the démarche, she told him she had not read his memo and said, “Your attitude is anti-science”.
Mr DiNanno lost his temper at the official’s intransigence and admits to yelling at her in fury: “I’m the boss and when I ask you to do something, I expect you to do it.” …
“She didn’t want China to have a biological weapon that got out of a lab. It’s too horrible a thing to contemplate,” Mr DiNanno said in hindsight. “But then maybe you should work for another department. If you’re in the biological weapons [agency] you have to deal with biological weapons.” …
Hunter Biden, Chinese dollars, prostitutes… none of that is relevant, is it?
After several months of negotiations, the State Department eventually won interagency clearance on several questions to démarche China …
By then Mr Biden was President and the move was ditched.
“Biden scrapped it, China would have been demarched with Pompeo still in charge,” Mr DiNanno said.
So close. It was left to the Australian PM to naively suggest an international investigation, for which China retaliated by cancelling billions of dollars of trade with Australia. Touchy, eh?
We must all stand together against China on this issue, or there will be more weapons and more lab leaks.
hat-tip Stephen Neil