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Press Release Published: Jun 27, 2023

Wenstrup to Hold Hearing with “Proximal Origins” Authors

Select Subcommittee seeks to uncover why the lab-leak hypothesis was suppressed and vilified

WASHINGTON — Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) will hold a hearing titled “Investigating the Proximal Origin of a Cover Up” to examine the potential conflicts of interest and suppression of scientific discourse by the National Institutes of Health surrounding the drafting, publication, and critical reception of the infamous “The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2” (“Proximal Origins”) correspondence. Previous evidence uncovered by the Select Subcommittee directly revealed that Dr. Fauci prompted the drafting of “Proximal Origins” to disprove the lab leak theory in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response, the Select Subcommittee conducted transcribed interviews with every U.S.-based contributor to the paper and announced its first subpoena for private communications between the co-authors. This hearing will assess whether America’s leading health officials acted to downplay the lab leak theory and evaluate the long-term consequences of stifling scientific debate to fit a desired narrative.

“With insufficient evidence in hand and Dr. Fauci’s prompting as protection, ‘Proximal Origins’ seemingly became one of the most egregious cover-ups of the COVID-19 pandemic. Robust scientific discourse was abandoned in pursuit of a preferred, coordinated narrative. The origination of a virus that killed seven million people worldwide requires a thorough and comprehensive investigation — not a snap judgment based on questionable motives.

“These scientists have essential information to share with Americans about the cover-up of the origins of COVID-19 and the potential suppression of the lab-leak hypothesis by Dr. Fauci, Dr. Collins, and other public health authorities. A complete look at all the facts is necessary, and the truth is nonnegotiable. The Select Subcommittee looks forward to their testimony as we continue to investigate the origins of COVID-19,” said Chairman Brad Wenstrup.

WHAT: Hearing titled “Investigating the Proximal Origin of a Cover Up”

DATE: Tuesday, July 11, 2023

TIME: 10:00 AM ET

LOCATION: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

WITNESSES (as invited):

Dr. Kristian Andersen


Scripps Research

Dr. Andrew Rambaut


University of Edinburgh

Dr. W. Ian Lipkin

John Snow Professor of Epidemiology

Columbia University

Dr. Edward Holmes

Professor of Virology

University of Sydney

Dr. Robert Garry


Tulane University School of Medicine

The hearing will be open to the public and press and will be livestreamed online at Press must be congressionally credentialed and must RSVP by emailing by Monday, July 10 at 5:00pm.

Read More:

Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic Subpoena: Dr. Kristian Andersen

New Evidence Resulting from the Select Subcommittee’s Investigation into the Origins of COVID-19 – “The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2”

NY POST: New emails show Dr. Anthony Fauci commissioned scientific paper in Feb. 2020 to disprove Wuhan lab leak theory