Agency Fauci Headed Hit With Watchdog Complaint

Agency Fauci Headed Hit With Watchdog Complaint

  • June 5, 2024

Zachary Stieber, The Epoch Times

A watchdog filed a complaint on June 4 against the agency Dr. Anthony Fauci headed until 2022, pointing out that one official during Dr. Fauci’s tenure admitted to evading a federal law, while another apparently substituted letters with symbols to avoid Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Protect the Public’s Trust “requests that you investigate this apparently intentional pattern of evasion effectuated by NIH/NIAID employees,” Michael Chamberlain, director of the group, said in a letter to Christi Grimm, the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Dr. David Morens, a senior adviser to the NIAID director, wrote in multiple emails obtained by the U.S. House of Representatives that he had learned how to evade requests made under FOIA, a law that enables people to ask for government documents.

“I learned from our FOIA lady here how to make emails disappear after I am FOIA’d but before the search starts, so I think we are all safe,” Dr. Morens wrote on Feb. 24, 2021. He identified the lady as Margaret Moore, who was the NIH’s top FOIA official.

“In both documents and testimony, Dr. Morens admitted violations of public records obligations and, possibly, conspiracies to evade public records laws. The behavior described screams for an investigation to determine both the scope and breadth of misconduct,” Mr. Chamberlain told The Epoch Times via email.

“These were not just the actions of a government official, this was a doctor in the midst of one of the greatest public health crises in our nation’s history. Americans’ trust in our public health officials took a drubbing during the pandemic. We keep finding out how well-deserved it was.”

Read More