REPUBLICAN lawmakers "should grow a pair" and call an investigation into Dr. Anthony Fauci after thousands of his emails were leaked, Donald Trump Jr claims.
Trump Jr's stinging criticism follows several conservatives who have called for the doc to be fired after a raft of bombshell emails revealed he appeared to play down the Covid lab leak theory.
Virus experts had warned Fauci that the virus, which has killed over three million people worldwide, may have originated from a lab.
Fauci even received a message from the president of a non-profit organization thanking him for questioning the lab-leak theory.
The EcoHealth Alliance used its grant from the National Institutes of Health to study coronaviruses in Chinese bats and sent the Wuhan Institute of Virology nearly $600,000 over the course of five years, beginning in 2014.
Fauci denied that any US cash went towards "gain of function" research – a practice that involves taking a virus that can infect humans and making it either more transmissible or pathogenic.
But he admitted that he couldn't be certain scientists at the lab kept their word and avoided using US funding to conduct so-called “gain-of-function” research.
Trump’s eldest son accused the doc of “not knowing what was going on” during the pandemic.
He blasted Republicans who do not want an investigation into Fauci – claiming they don’t “deserve to represent the American people”.
He called on GOP legislators to “grow a pair” and “push back on the nonsense”.
Senator Rand Paul and congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene are among Republican lawmakers calling for Fauci's dismissal.
Rep. Taylor Greene said: "He needs to be FIRED.”
The congresswoman uploaded a photo of herself wearing a "Fire Fauci" face mask.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise tweeted: "Big Tech was censoring posts about the Wuhan lab leak.
"The media was calling people who talked about the Wuhan lab leak conspiracy theorists.
"All while Fauci himself was emailing about Covid-19 possibly leaking from the Wuhan lab. Let that sink in."
Conservative firebrand commentator Candace Owens said Fauci should be "tried and put in prison".
She said: "Firing Fauci does not go far enough. He ruined millions of lives via depression, bankruptcy, suicide, & preyed on children via school.
"He (and many others) have taken part in the crime of the century. We all knew it."
Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson accused Fauci of dishonesty after the expert, last year, suggested the virus may have originated from bats.
More than 3,000 pages of Fauci's emails were obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and published on Tuesday by Buzzfeed.
The doc acknowledged that the lab-made theory may have some weight but still believes the most likely origin is from an animal to humans.
Other emails revealed that Fauci had been told about the laboratory theory and dismissed a warning about China's Covid "cover-up" because it was "too long" for him to read.
Last April, Fauci received an email from Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, about the lab leak theory being discussed on Sean Hannity's Fox News show.
A review into the lab-leak theory is underway and intelligence experts will report back to the president in just under 90 days.
They will be investigating whether the virus jumped from an animal host to humans or whether it was accidentally released from a lab in the Chinese city.
A Wall Street Journal report alleged three Wuhan staffers were hospitalized in November 2019 before the Covid outbreak was disclosed to the world.
The report led to renewed calls for a broader probe into whether Covid-19 could have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, where the pandemic is widely believed to have begun.
Former president Donald Trump said he is all but certain Covid originated from a lab in China.
The lab-leak theory has become increasingly mainstream – just months after it was previously dismissed as conspiracy.
In March, a World Health Organization scientist investigating the origins of the pandemic said the "lab leak theory" cannot be ruled out.
Peter Ben Embarek, who led the WHO team in their Wuhan investigation, said they failed to get "hard facts or detailed data" from the lab.
Allegations of a possible leak have always been denied by China.
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