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Peter Daszak finally gets his!

The notorious Peter Daszak (DAAH-shack), Ph.D., seems to be getting his just desserts at last. Republican Members of Congress have been investigating him and his EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) for four years. Now the Department of Health and Human Services has suspended the EcoHealth Alliance from receiving federal funding. Indeed they have started proceedings to debar EHA from receiving any more federal funds. Translation: Peter Daszak has become a political liability, now that principled Republicans in Congress have shone light on his doings. The Biden administration, needing to remove the liability – or perhaps merely to punish him for mission failure – has elected to throw him under the proverbial bus. Or so they say.

Peter Daszak in CNAV archives

Regular readers of this site – and alert listeners to the site’s companion Rumble channel, Declarations of Truth – will recall our mentioning Peter Daszak yesterday.

More to the point, Peter Daszak has borne mention several times, most infamously in connection with the gain-of-function research that helped create Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus Strain 2 – SARS-CoV-2 – the agent of Corona Virus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19). Paul Ehrlich (The Population Bomb) wanted “the right virus” to diminish the (to him) dangerously surplus population. The never-properly-identified sculptor of the Georgia Guidestones wanted to limit the population of Earth to 500 million. Peter Daszak worked on that “right virus” to do just that.

This afternoon, Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit dropped a comprehensive report on HHS’ suspension and debarment proceedings against Daszak. Hoft also mentioned information in his own archives, about a connection between EcoHealth and Metabiota. That firm has Hunter Biden’s name on it. Dr. Andrew Huff, former Vice-President of EcoHealth Alliance, claimed evidence that SARS-CoV-2 originated in a laboratory. Huff named the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). But he also said EcoHealth and Metabiota were jointly operating biological weapons development facilities having CIA funding. These included the laboratories in Ukraine that Russian “Special Military Operation” forces discovered and shut down. Laboratories with American funding – under American direction – with American staffs.

A House select subcommittee acts

In 2023 – shortly after Republicans “flipped” the House in the 2022 Midterms – the House Oversight Committee established its Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, or “COVIDSelect” as it designates itself on X. This morning that Subcommittee dropped this short thread:

🚨BREAKING🚨

Today, based on evidence uncovered in @COVIDSelect‘s recent report, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services commenced formal debarment proceedings against EcoHealth Alliance.

EcoHealth will now face an immediate, government-wide suspension of taxpayer… pic.twitter.com/gLxg6R3Enw— Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic (@COVIDSelect) May 15, 2024

On May 1, COVIDSelect released a final report of its investigation of Peter Daszak and EcoHealth Alliance, Inc.

They referred to a specific grant by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease: R01AI110964 – “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence.” Note that Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. headed the NIAID – and that was his only permanent title in federal government service.

The Committee reported five interim findings:

Finding 1: EcoHealth submitted its Year 5 Report nearly two years late. Further, EcoHealth’s claim that it was locked out of an NIH system and blocked from submitting the report on time is not supported by the evidence.

Finding 2: EcoHealth violated its grant terms and conditions by failing to report a potentially dangerous experiment conducted by the WIV.

Finding 3: EcoHealth used taxpayer dollars to facilitate gain-of-function research on coronaviruses in Wuhan at the WIV, contrary to previous public statements, including those by Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Finding 4: NIH may not have known about EcoHealth’s actions without proper intervention by former-President Donald Trump and former-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Further, despite suggestions of political persecution against EcoHealth, career NIH leadership supported every compliance action taken.

Finding 5: While negotiating the reinstatement of the grant, Dr. Daszak omitted the material fact that unanalyzed samples and sequences—that the U.S. paid for—are in the custody and control of the WIV. This omission was taken as fact by NIAID and NIAID took no steps to verify the actual location of the sequences and samples. If Dr. Daszak had not made this omission it would have provoked questions from NIAID regarding EcoHealth’s ability to fulfill the aims of the reinstated grant. Finally, as a result of Dr. Daszak affirmations, NIH is currently violating the terms of the debarment of the WIV.

That reinstatement happened in 2023, during the Biden administration. Dr. Fauci retired from the NIAID and all government service in December 2022. So technically the NIAID was under new leadership. But in another sense it was under the old leadership of “Resident” Biden. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), Chairman of the Subcommittee, has curiously come down hard – and exclusively – on Peter Daszak and EcoHealth. HHS has called for “a government-wide suspension of U.S. taxpayer funds to EcoHealth – including a hold on all active grants.” That could be an independent decision – or part of an unannounced agreement with the Chairman.

House Oversight also released HHS’ letter to Peter Daszak,

and an Action Referral Memorandum by Henrietta Katrina Brisbon, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services for Acquisitions.

HHS states its grounds to suspend Peter Daszak

Deputy Secretary Brisbon set forth several grounds for the suspension and debarment action, all striking at the heart of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Technically, an experiment at WIV demonstrated a result consistent with gain of function. That, said Brisbon, was

in violation of the terms of the grant. The NIH gave EHA and WIV several opportunities to disprove this finding, but EHA and WIV failed to do so.

Jim Hoft summarized HHS’ expressed concern thus:

Peter Daszak’s organization is accused of not only failing to adhere to the terms of their grant but also of not providing essential documentation regarding their research with the Wuhan Institute. This has led to serious doubts about the organization’s capability to handle projects that involve pathogens of pandemic potential.

Indeed Deputy Secretary Brisbon called the suspension “necessary to protect the public interest.”

But the obvious question then arises: what took them so long? Recall: CNAV reported on this activity two years and eight months ago. This scandal broke in September of 2021. But of course, Democrats controlled Congress then. So why didn’t anyone take action after Congress reconvened after Midterms? Mightn’t someone need to ask former Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), then Speaker of the House?

This matter has the foul odor of political compromise about it. Chairman Wenstrup would appear to be leaving the NIH and NIAID an “out” to sacrifice Peter Daszak and save both the institutional skins of those agencies, and the personal skins of their present (immediate) leadership. Obviously Peter Daszak is a liability. Equally obviously, recent polls (from The New York Times and Siena College, no less!) have spooked the Biden administration. Less obviously, Chairman Wenstrup has decided to let career officials at NIAID, NIH and HHS off the hook.

Chairman Wenstrup issued this statement, again unilaterally charging Peter Daszak with everything:

EcoHealth facilitated gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China without proper oversight, willingly violated multiple requirements of its multimillion-dollar National Institutes of Health grant, and apparently made false statements to the NIH. These actions are wholly abhorrent, indefensible, and must be addressed with swift action.

And:

We will hold EcoHealth accountable for any waste, fraud, and abuse and are committed to uncovering any illegal activity, including lying to Congress, NIH, or the Inspector General.

But who will hold the executive branch accountable?

That becomes the operative question. The COVIDSelect Report cagily says that “career NIH leadership” signed off on all actions against Peter Daszak and EcoHealth. Evidently Daszak is crying “political persecution.” And he might be correct, though not in the usual sense. CNAV does not doubt his guilt, nor that of EcoHealth. But the relationship began when Dr. Fauci ran the NIAID, and continued until Dr. Fauci stepped down. Who else is guilty, and why won’t COVIDSelect investigate any further than EcoHealth? Clearly HHS is throwing Daszak and EcoHealth under the bus – and COVIDSelect is letting them “skate.”

That’s unacceptable. Everyone who is responsible, should pay for their roles in treason, and a crime against humanity. That demonstrably includes at least some officials at NIAID and NIH – and could include some Members of Congress.

Donald Trump should surely add this to his job jar, assuming that patriotic Americans can return him to office and prevent a repeat of the fraud that knocked him out of office three and a half years ago.

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