Dr. Anthony Fauci now admits he provided $600,000 to the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab in China, where the coronavirus reportedly escaped.
House Rep. Warren Davidson called for Fauci's immediate termination as the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
Fauci is also the chief medical advisor to the White House and a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Davidson accused Fauci of putting politics ahead of human lives.
"He has repeatedly put political science ahead of the science on COVID-19," Davidson told Fox News.
"It is long past time for Dr. Fauci to stop talking to the American public. Fauci should resign or be fired immediately."
For over a year, the mainstream news media defended and protected Dr. Fauci by placing the blame for the pandemic on President Trump.
In 2014, then-president Barack Obama ordered two U.S.-based labs to end their research into the bat coronavirus. The NIH responded by suspending 21 research studies into the bat virus.
President Obama ordered Fauci to dismantle the labs -- likely because he feared an outbreak on U.S. soil where his wife and children live.
Dr. Fauci packed up the labs and shipped everything to China. He directed funding from the NIH to Wuhan for "gain of function research" -- experiments that increased the pathogenicity (infection rate) of the flu, MERS, and SARS viruses (Covid-19 is a SARS virus).
Then Fauci made his infamous prediction that there would be a pandemic under President Trump.
A year after the pandemic forced lockdowns and mask mandates in America, the news media suddenly turned on Fauci and began reporting his link to the Wuhan lab.
At first, Dr. Fauci denied any links at all between the NIH and the Wuhan lab.
During a tense exchange with Sen. Rand Paul (a medical doctor) on May 11, Fauci claimed "the NIH [National Institutes of Health] has not ever and does not now fund gain of function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology [WIV]."
Afterwards, the Wuhan lab suspiciously erased any mention of the NIH from its website.
Congressional lawmakers pressed Fauci to tell the truth about his involvement with the lab. He folded and admitted he directed the NIH to provide a "modest" sum to the Wuhan lab.
He vigorously denied the money went to "gain of research" experiments on bat virus.
He defended allocating $600,000 to the Wuhan lab to study the risk that bat coronaviruses could infect humans.
"It would have been almost a dereliction of our duty if we didn't study this [bat virus], and the only way you can study these things is you've got to go where the action is," he said.
"You don't want to study bats in Fairfax County, Virginia, to find out what the animal-human interface is that might lead to a jumping of species."
Fauci didn't explain why he repeatedly denied involvement with the Wuhan lab for over a year.