WASHINGTON – In a confirmation hearing in the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Senator Mike Braun questioned Dr. Monica Bertagnolli on whether she will comply with the House Oversight investigation into COVID’s origins and NIH officials like Dr. Fauci’s attempts to cast doubt on a lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. 

Dr. David Morens – a top official at the NIH and advisor to Dr. Fauci at NIAID – was subpoenaed by the House committee on October 13 after messages revealed he had been using a private email to avoid the Freedom of Information Act. Senator Braun asked Dr. Bertagnolli if she will commit to transparency and not thwart attempts to hold the government accountable.

Senator Braun also asked Dr. Bertagnolli for clarification on a pledge she made not to seek employment at a pharmaceutical company for four years after her service in the NIH – Senator Braun asked her to confirm that meant if she was offered employment she would turn it down.


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