Join us Live: Dr. Anthony Fauci Returns to the Hot Seat

Former government scientist, Covid pandemic leader, and despised punching bag of Republicans, Dr. Anthony Fauci, now 83, is facing the hostile House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10:00amEST.

The committee is supposed to be investigating how the pandemic started and the federal government’s response.

In half a million pages of documents and more than 100 hours of closed-door testimony, the panel has so far found nothing linking the 83-year-old immunologist to the beginnings of the Covid outbreak in China.

But today the focus will be on how the Republicans can target the integrity of the NIH following the disclosure of a trove of incendiary e-mails from an advisor, David Morens, 76, a career federal scientist now on administrative leave. Morens described deleting messages and using a personal email account to evade disclosure of correspondence under the Freedom of Information Act.

More background here at KFF Health News, NYT.