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Chris Wallace: Backlash over Fauci emails highly political | TheHill – The Hill


Fox News’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceKevin McCarthy should meet the Ronald Reagan of 1978 Sunday shows – Infrastructure, Jan. 6 commission dominate Roy Blunt: ‘Too early’ to create commission to investigate Jan. 6 MORE came to the defense of White House chief medical adviser Anthony FauciAnthony Fauci Rand Paul calls planned Fauci book ‘science fiction’ White House embarks on push to vaccinate hard-to-reach Americans Fauci, Jill Biden to appear together on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ next week MORE on Friday as the nation’s leading infectious disease expert faces scrutiny from conservatives over newly released emails.

Wallace told colleague John Roberts during a discussion on the network about COVID-19’s origins that he had read reports on Fauci’s emails and “a number of the emails” himself, concluding, “There’s no smoking gun there.”

“This is highly political. … You’re seeing it as a major talking point for Republicans,” Wallace said, predicting that former President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook to end policy shielding politicians from content moderation rules: reports US government found no evidence that Navy UFO sightings were alien spacecraft: report More than a dozen police officers still on medical leave from Jan. 6 injuries MORE would go after Fauci during an appearance in North Carolina on Saturday.

The “Fox News Sunday” anchor called Fauci a “devoted public servant for 40 years.”

Conservatives have criticized Fauci and accused him of not being forthcoming about the origins of the coronavirus following the release of email correspondence between him and others early on in the pandemic that seemed to question whether the virus was manmade.

While Fauci had cast doubt on the prospect of the virus originating from a lab, the emails do not show the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director rejecting the theory outright.

Wallace argued that political motivations are playing a mayor role in how people are reacting to the theory that COVID-19 originated from a lab in Wuhan, China, which has gained new attention.

“We outta take the politics out of this,” Wallace said. “I think there certainly has been too much politics already.”

“When Donald Trump — back when he was president — suggested that China may have played a role in it, that it wasn’t a naturally occurring virus, I think there was a knee-jerk reaction from some Democrats, from some people in the media, to say, ‘Well, if Trump says this is a possibility, it can’t be a possibility,'” Wallace said.

“That was a mistake then, I think it’s a mistake now to over-politicize it,” he added.

During the segment, Wallace emphasized the importance of figuring out how the virus originated, but stressed the need for unity.

“We all outta be on the same side,” he said.

President BidenJoe BidenWHO warns of continent-wide third wave of coronavirus infections in Africa 30 House Democrats urge Biden to do more for global vaccine distribution Manchin isn’t ready to support Democrats passing infrastructure on their own MORE on Friday reiterated his confidence in Fauci as his chief medical adviser amid the rising attacks from conservatives.

Biden has ordered the U.S. intelligence community to further study the origins of the coronavirus and submit a report within 90 days outlining the evidence for whether it came from a lab accident or spread naturally.

 

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