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Scalise: Pelosi’s ‘wasted her speakership on’ trying to remove Pres. Trump

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise says the reason House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving to invoke the 25th amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office comes from her lack of confidence in former Vice President and Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s ability to govern and her inability to negotiate a bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill for the American people, he revealed on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning.

“This shows you just how misplaced Speaker Pelosi’s priorities are,” Scalise said. “We should be in Washington helping families that are struggling and recovering, small businesses that would love another round of Paycheck Protection Program funding, where there’s massive bipartisan support for Rep. Chabot’s bill to give another round of PPP funding. That could be passed tomorrow, but she’s not bringing us back for that.”

Pelosi signaled Thursday that she plans to move forward with establishing a Commission on Presidential Capacity. She and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) announced the move in a press release. The move would likely die in the Republican-controlled Senate, which Scalise said she knows would happen.

“She has been fixated for the last four years with overturning the results of the last election. Here she is again, on the heels of Vice President Pence winning handily a debate against Kamala Harris. She’s now trying to overturn the results of next month’s election. She’s wanted to remove President Trump from office because she doesn’t agree with the people’s choice from the last election,” Scalise explained.

He added, “Look, they started with the Russia hoax, they did impeachment. This is what you spent and wasted her speakership on. She should be fighting for families and small businesses, not trying to overturn the results of the election because she knows how well President Trump’s doing. And, by the way, what a signal that is to Joe Biden that she’s spending her time trying to remove President Trump from office because clearly, she mustn’t have confidence in Joe Biden’s abilities.”

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Adviser to Fauci bragged about helping him evade FOIA, ‘he is too smart’ to get caught

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The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic published evidence ahead of a hearing that explains the senior scientific adviser to then-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci actually bragged about helping Fauci evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The adviser, David Morens, admitted in his own communications to intentionally evading FOIA by using a Fauci’s private Gmail address or just handing him documents in person, according to the newly disclosed emails.

The 35-page report on Morens includes previously unreleased emails including:

An April 21, 2021 email shows Morens contacted EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, whom Morens has described as his “best friend” and a U.S. taxpayer conduit for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as well as Boston University and New England Biolabs researchers.

The subject line references “CoV research in China, GoF, etc.,” referring to EcoHealth-facilitated coronavirus research at WIV that could make a virus more transmissible or dangerous. The National Institutes of Health recently admitted it funded gain-of-function research under that definition but not a stricter regulatory definition.

“PS, i forgot to say there is no worry about FOIAs,” Morens wrote. “I can either send stuff to Tony on his private gmail, or hand it to him at work or at his house. He is too smart to let colleagues send him stuff that could cause trouble.”

A May 13, 2021 email to the same recipients referred to “our ‘secret’ back channel” by which Morens connected Fauci to a journalist named “Arthur,” apparently to discuss the feds’ preferred narrative that SARS-CoV-2 emerged naturally rather than via lab leak. The email cited an article on the message board Virological.

Gerald Keusch, associate director of the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Institute at BU, emailed Daszak Oct. 25, 2021 to relay a phone conversation with “David,” who is “concerned about the privacy of text” and email sent and received on his “government phone” because they “could be FOIA’able.”

“Tony has told him not to be in touch with you and EHA for the time being,” Keusch wrote. Morens relayed that Daszak should get his story straight on EcoHealth’s claim that NIH locked it out of the system when it tried to file its year-five progress report that disclosed an arguable gain-of-function experiment.

Earlier in the day, Morens told Daszak “i will be meeting with Tony about this later on.” The subject line of the thread was “Draft response to Michael Lauer,” deputy director for extramural research at NIH.

Morens also told Daszak that Fauci and then-NIH Director Francis Collins are “trying to protect you, which also protects their own reputations,” apparently meaning against allegations that U.S. tax dollars passed through EcoHealth funded research that may have led to SARS-CoV-2’s emergence.

The subcommittee said it found emails that revealed “likely illegal” practices, including an April 2020 email in which Morens shared a “new NIAID implementation plan” with Daszak and an August 2020 email in which Daszak mentioned a “kick-back” to Morens after NIH awarded $7.5 million to EcoHealth.

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