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Top Fauci Aide Under Investigation for Evading FOIA Requests for Emails on COVID Origins



Documents reveal that a high-ranking official at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) attempted to evade Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by using his personal email address and deleting messages from his official email account in order to avoid media scrutiny, prompting a congressional investigation.

As reported on June 29 by The InterceptDr. David M. Morens, a 25-year veteran of the NIAID — which until recently was headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci — interacted by email with prominent scientists, including Peter Daszak, Ph.D., of the EcoHealth Alliance, about controversial topics such as the origins of the COVID-19 virus.

Morens is employed as a senior scientific adviser in NIAID’s office of the director.

The U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic has since launched an investigation regarding potential violations of federal record-keeping laws by Morens and more broadly at NIAID.

The committee obtained the 47-page set of FOIA documents as part of its investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

According to The Intercept, “Morens and his scientist correspondents denounced media coverage … concerning the origins of COVID and harshly criticized those who take seriously the possibility that the virus emerged from a research accident [lab leak] in Wuhan, China” and argued “in favor of a natural origin for the virus.”

Committee chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) on June 29 sent a letter to Morens stating that the documents “suggest that you may have used your personal e-mail to avoid transparency and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), potentially intentionally deleted federal records, and acted in your official capacity to disparage your fellow scientists, including by encouraging litigation against them.”

The emails raise “serious concerns about your objectivity while stationed in the Office of the Director of NIAID — an agency that obligates billions of dollars annually. The Select Subcommittee has questions about whether you made or influenced any funding decisions based on your personal motives or biases towards scientists,” Wenstrup wrote.

‘What do they have to hide?’

Following their review of the emails’ content, legal analysts, ethical specialists, and public health specialists hypothesized that Morens’ actions might be in contravention of federal and agency rules as well as civil and criminal record-retention laws.

Scott Amey, general counsel for the Project on Government Oversight, told The Intercept, “His comments in that email are certainly worth an investigation by the agency, the agency inspector general, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Department of Justice.”

Delaney Marsco, senior legal counsel for ethics at the Campaign Legal Center, told The Intercept, “When you evade laws that are meant to make government more transparent and accountable, that is very bad … It is bad for public trust in government. It is bad for agency culture. The ethical implications are bad.”

Caitlin Sutherland, executive director of Americans for Public Trust, told the New York Post:

“This flagrant disregard for record retention rules raises both legal and ethical questions about the lack of transparency from NIH [National Institutes of Health] officials … What do they have to hide? Everyone should be outraged by this casual dismissal of basic rules from a government official.”

NIH is the parent agency of NIAID.

Dr. Meryl Nass, an internist, biological warfare epidemiologist and member of the Children’s Health Defense scientific advisory committee, told The Defender:

“Conducting government business using private email accounts is illegal. What we can probably surmise is that he was not the only person in Fauci’s NIAID who used this practice.

“What other bombshells lie waiting to be discovered in U.S. government officials’ private email accounts? Access to the private emails of NIAID officials might tell us a lot about other gain-of-function experiments that they funded. It might tell us why NIAID was so interested in coronaviruses over the past 25 years.”

Francis Boyle, J.D., Ph.D., a bioweapons expert and professor of international law at the University of Illinois who drafted the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, told The Defender the emails provide evidence of a high-level cover-up.

Boyle said officials like Morens “obviously are all part of the plot to cover up these unsavory origins in order to evade criminal culpability and tortious responsibility for the roles that Fauci and NIAID and Daszak and EcoHealth played in financing and developing COVID-19.”

Rutgers University molecular biologist Richard Ebright, Ph.D., a critic of gain-of-function research who Morens referred to in disparaging terms in an email, told The Defender Morens’ conduct was inappropriate for a public official:

“It is dismaying to have malfeasant, malicious, and malevolent public officials — like Morens — being paid by my taxes. It is even worse to have them making decisions on my NIH grant proposals.

“Morens needs to be terminated for cause.”

Morens did not immediately respond to a request from The Intercept for comment.

‘Tony doesn’t want his fingerprints on origin stories’

The Intercept reports that among the scientists Morens emailed were Daszak, Dr. Robert Garry of Tulane University, Dr. Edward Holmes of the University of Sydney in Australia, Dr. Kristian Andersen of Scripps Research, and Dr. Angela Rasmussen from the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.

“They have all been outspoken proponents of the natural origin theory of COVID’s emergence,” The Intercept reported. “Jason Gale, a journalist at Bloomberg, also participated in the email exchanges.”

In a September 2021 email to Gale, Daszak and other scientists Morens wrote, “As you know, I try to always communicate on gmail because my NIH email is FOIA’d constantly. Stuff sent to my gmail gets to my phone, but not my NIH computer.”

In the same message, however, Morens said that his Gmail “was hacked, probably by these GoF [gain-of-function] a**holes.”

As a result, he told the recipients of his message, “Don’t worry, just send to any of my addresses and I will delete anything I don’t want to see in the New York Times,” implying that he also wished to evade potential media scrutiny of his emails.

The same email contained a footer stating: “IMPORTANT: For US-government related email, please also reply to my NIAID address.”

In an email exchange with Gale on July 29, 2021, Morens claimed to have received authorization from “Tony”—likely Anthony Fauci—to conduct an interview about the history of COVID-19.

“Sometimes they are touchy about certain issues and say no,” Morens wrote. “For many months, I have not been approved to talk about the ‘origins’ on the record. But today, to my total surprise, my boss Tony actually ASKED me to speak to the National Geographic on the record about origins.”

“I interpret this to mean that our government is lightening up … but that Tony doesn’t want his fingerprints on origin stories.”

In a Sept. 7, 2021, email to Morens, Daszak wrote, “The lab leakers are already stirring up bull**** lines of attack that will bring more negative publicity our way — which is what this is about — a way to line up the [gain-of-function] attack on Fauci, or the ‘risky research’ attack on all of us.”

“Do not rule out suing these a**holes for slander,” Morens wrote to Daszak in response, referring to journalists who questioned what was, at the time, the prevailing establishment narrative regarding the “natural” or “zoonotic” origins of COVID-19.

As part of that same email exchange, Daszak referred to “one of the ‘journalists’ who got the ‘scoop’” — namely, Mara Hvistendahl, who that month had obtained hundreds of pages of documents from the NIH — about EcoHealth Alliance’s collaboration with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, for a report published in The Intercept.

“We’re spending a huge amount of staff time dealing with the BS from these FoIA requests,” Morens wrote in response.

The conversations Morens had with journalists like Gale hinted at a possible high degree of familiarity and amity between the two. Gale frequently contributes articles to Bloomberg about COVID-19, such as “Where Are We in Hunting for the COVID Coronavirus’s Origin?” from March 22.

Published less than a month after the U.S. Department of Energy concluded that COVID-19 likely emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology and a subsequent congressional vote to declassify documents on the origins of COVID-19, the article argued that theories such as the lab-leak hypothesis are “politically charged” and lack the support of “the full U.S. intelligence community.”

Boyle, responding to the characterizations about gain-of-function critics contained in Morens’ emails, told The Defender:

“Guilty as charged! I have been a ‘GOF a**hole’ since Jan. 24, 2020, when I first alerted the world that COVID-19 is an offensive biological warfare weapon with gain-of-function properties that leaked out of the Wuhan BSL4 [biosafety level 4] laboratory.”

Fox News reported that the Government Accountability Office recently disclosed that EcoHealth Alliance gave the Wuhan Institute of Virology more than $2 million in subgrants from the NIH and the U.S. Agency for International Development between 2014 and 2021.

In another email, Morens expressed sharp criticism of scientists such as Ebright, who have been critical of gain-of-function research, calling them “harmful demagogues” espousing “amateurish, disingenuous bull****” and who “need to be called out” for “knowingly promoting false equivalences [sic].”

In response to such exchanges, Wenstrup wrote in a statement that “fully examining this suspicious and potentially unlawful behavior is a critical step towards accountability and transparency for the American people. Public health officials are not above the law — especially in times of crisis.”

The committee asked Morens to sit for an interview and to provide additional records, including messages from his personal Gmail account and his cellphone.

In March, the committee heard testimony from public health experts, several of whom were highly critical of the government’s response to COVID-19.

And last month, the committee questioned Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regarding possible interference by the teachers’ union in federal guidance on closing schools during the COVID-19 pandemic and her potential for spreading false information about public health during this time.

Boyle told The Defender that such a stance on the part of federal government scientists like Morens has not been victimless. He said:

“1.5 million Americans, and well over 6 million human beings around the world, have died because of these officials’ criminal and tortious activities. We Americans must hold these ‘death scientists’ accountable for this Nuremberg-esque crime against humanity.”

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Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer is set to testify in Kari Lake’s lawsuit to investigate fraudulent mail-in ballot signatures.




Kari Lake’s trial in her lawsuit against Maricopa County is set to take place on September 25 and 26. Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer has been subpoenaed to testify and defend Maricopa County’s mail-in ballot procedures and their refusal to be transparent. The Recorder oversees mail-in voting operations, which were manipulated to steal the election from Lake. The trial will be held at 101 West Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85003, in Courtroom 811 at 9:00am PT.

Lake has been fighting against the rigged 2022 election and her lawsuit for public 2022 voter signature records. This evidence will undoubtedly prove the election was rigged in Lake’s upcoming Appeals Court battle. Maricopa County contends that these records contain sensitive information, so they refuse to be transparent with elections. A ruling in a separate Yavapai County Court case confirmed that Maricopa County has been incorrectly defining “voter registration record” and unlawfully verifying mail-in ballot signatures.

The new Yavapai County Court ruling will require only voter registration forms to be used for signature verification, as opposed to previously accepted fraudulent mail-in ballots and other signature forms. Under the Arizona Elections Procedures Manual, when a signature is accepted on a mail-in ballot envelope or a voter uses an in-person polling place touch screen signature log, it is added to the voter’s “registration record” for future reference. Many voters were seen with similar affidavit signatures in consecutive elections that do not match other signatures on their voter registrations or past affidavits.

Arizona election integrity nonprofit We The People AZ Alliance was also in court for oral arguments in their public records lawsuit against Runbeck Election Services in Phoenix and Maricopa County. The Judge indicated he would issue a written ruling on Runbeck and Maricopa County’s Motion to Dismiss “shortly.”

The Gateway Pundit inspected hundreds of illegally verified 2022 mail-in ballot signatures and corresponding voter registration records in Maricopa County through a public records request and reported on the clear fraud involved. Stephen Richer, the Republican responsible for verifying these mail-in ballot signatures, will testify on the stand at trial and attempt to prevent Lake from accessing evidence of a fraudulent election.

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New Study Finds Trace Amounts of mRNA in Vaccinated Mothers’ Breastmilk




A recently published peer-reviewed research study has raised significant concerns about breastmilk of vaccinated mothers being contaminated with mRNA.

The research, recently published in the prestigious Lancet medical journal, reveals that the administration of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to nursing women might result in the systematic transmission of the vaccine components to breast milk.

Researchers from New York University Grossman Long Island School of Medicine have found that breast milk was contaminated with mRNA up to 45 hours after vaccination in ten women they analyzed. This contradicts the official narrative from government agencies, politicians, and corporate media who believed mRNA was safe for breastfeeding mothers and their infants. Officials have insisted that mRNA shots do not travel throughout the body, but the study suggests that the COVID-19 vaccine mRNA administered to lactating mothers can spread systematically to breast milk in the first two days after maternal vaccination. The study’s peer-reviewed paper was published in the October 2023 edition of the Lancet.

This is not the first study to make these findings, with traces of mRNA found in women’s breast milk in 2022. The authors of the Lancet paper continue to promote the vaccination of breastfeeding mothers, claiming that COVID-19 mRNA vaccines play a vital role in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, they do not explain why mothers should take such a risk to be vaccinated against a virus with only mild symptoms.

The significance of this research extends beyond the scope of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, providing valuable insights into the transport and presence of vaccine mRNA in breast milk, which can be relevant for assessing the safety and efficacy of future mRNA-based therapies administered to lactating women.


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Vivek Ramaswamy Blasts DOJ & FBI Over Owen Shroyer Sentence, Claims to Dismantle The FBI




US presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy criticizes DOJ and FBI for sentencing Infowars host Owen Shroyer to 60 days in prison, threatening to use his presidency to pardon non-violent Jan 6 protesters and political prisoners.

“Yesterday a man by the name of Owen Shroyer was sentenced to prison for *speech*, not violence, on Jan 6 – for marching around the Capitol, using a bull horn, & shouting things like ‘1776!’ No violence. Didn’t enter the Capitol. That’s it,” said Ramaswamy Wednesday on X. “I don’t know the guy & I have no idea if he’s a ‘good person’ or not, but that’s not what our justice system is supposed to determine.”

The Republican presidential candidate announced plans to pardon non-violent Jan 6 protesters and political prisoners, citing the FBI’s ‘evidence’ used in their pursuit. He also announced a live-stream of a detailed plan to shut down the FBI and other federal agencies.

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