A government watchdog Tuesday took the next step in its battle to expose Chinese connections to the National Institute of Health (NIH).
“Empower Oversight filed an amended complaint today against the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) litigation for documents related to a request by Chinese researchers to remove genetic sequences related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus from a database controlled by NIH,” that group said in a press release.
The group said that the NIH, headed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, slow-rolled the process of providing documents it requested about the deletion of data relating to the Chinese researchers’ work. It also noted that the government organization failed to turn over similar documents requested by several U.S. senators, including Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
When the statutory deadline passed for the NIH to deliver those documents to Empower Oversight, the group sued. That was back in November.
In response to that lawsuit, the NIH eventually sent 17 pages of documents – far fewer than expected – most of which were heavily redacted.
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