A closer look at the Fauci/WHO connection
Justice for General Flynn – and OurCountry
We welcome the JusticeDepartment’s decision to dismiss charges against former National SecurityAdviser, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, an American hero who wasvictimized by the Obama administration and the Deep State. The targeting ofGeneral Flynn was a key part of the Obama/Clinton/Deep State coup againstPresident Trump.
We commend the heroic work of General Flynn’s legal team, led by SidneyPowell, which exposed the criminal conduct by FBI and DOJ officials behindFlynn’s illicit prosecution. This corruption, as we have exposed from theget-go, is the tip of the iceberg. The required next step for justice isthe prosecution of the coup cabal who tried to destroy General Flynn andoverthrow our president.
To see my interview with Lou Dobbs about this story, clickhere.
Judicial Watch Filed a Lawsuit for Fauci and WHORecords
In March 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a prominent member of the president’scoronavirus task force, praised thework of the World Health Organization (WHO) and its chairman, Dr. TedrosAdhanom Ghebreyesus. Fauci said: “Tedros is really an outstanding person… I mean, obviously, over the years anyone who says that the WHO has nothad problems has not been watching the WHO. But I think under hisleadership they’ve done very well.”
In April, however, President Trump announced a halt to U.S. funding ofWHO. According to the president, the WHO put “political correctness overlifesaving measures.” Additionally, President Trump said: “The WHOfailed in this duty, and must be held accountable,” adding that the WHOignored “credible information” in December 2019 that the virus could betransmitted from human to human.
We want to have a closer look at the Fauci/WHO connection, so we have fileda Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on behalf of the Daily CallerNews Foundation (DNCF) against the U.S. Department of Health & HumanServices (HHS) for communications and other records of National Instituteof Allergies and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci and DeputyDirector H. Clifford Lane with and about WHO concerning the novelcoronavirus (DailyCaller News Foundation v. U.S. Department Justice (No.1:20-cv-01149)).
We sued after HHS failed to respond to our April 1, 2020, FOIA requestseeking:
- Communications between Dr. Fauci and Deputy Director Lane and WorldHealth Organization officials concerning the novel coronavirus.
- Communications of Dr. Fauci and Deputy Director Lane concerning WHO,WHO official Bruce Aylward, WHO Director General Tedros Anhanom, andChina.
We are requesting communications from January 1, 2020, to April 1,2020. The DCNF was granted expedited processing of its request.
“This virus has killed hundreds of thousands of people and turned thewhole world upside down,” Daily Caller News Foundation Co-Founder andPresident Neil Patel said. “We know that China and WHO could have done alot more to prevent or reduce this catastrophe. We therefore have alegitimate and urgent news purpose for seeking these documents regardingU.S. officials' communications with WHO and demand that the agencies inquestion stop stalling and start following the law that entitles us to thisvital information.”
It is urgent that the NIH follow transparency law during the coronaviruscrisis. It is of significant public interest to learn what WHO was tellingour top medical officials about the coronavirus that originated inChina.
Court Allows Newsom to Give Cash to Illegal Aliens, But It’sLikely Illegal
Several of our left-leaning governors have used the coronavirus emergencyto test the boundaries of emergency powers. As we might have expected,California’s governor is even trying to hand out cash to people in thestate and country illegally. No law allows him to do this.
So we asked the court for a temporaryrestraining order (TRO) against Governor Gavin Newsom and hisDirector of the California Department of Social Services, Kim Johnson, torestrain them from spending $79.8 million dollars of taxpayers’ money toprovide direct cash benefits to unlawfully present aliens (Crestet al. v. Newsom et al. (No. 20STCV16321)).
The court has now issued a bizarre ruling.
Though it found that we were likely to succeed on the merits (that Newsomhad no authority under law to spend the money), the court found that therewas a public interest in sending tax money to illegal aliens during thecoronavirus crisis.
It is astonishing that a court would allow a public official to ignore thelaw and spend tax money with no legal authority. Simply put, as the courtseems to acknowledge, the governor has no independent legal authority tospend state taxpayer money for cash payments to illegal aliens. We willappeal the court’s manifest error.
Newsom announced his executive initiative on April 15, 2020. The initiativeplans to spend $75 million to provide direct cash payments to illegalaliens and cost an estimated additional $4.8 million to administer. TheDisaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants Project plans to provide one-timecash benefits of $500 per adult / $1,000 per household to 150,000unlawfully present aliens in California.
These benefits are not to be provided to U.S. citizens or legal aliensresiding in the state, according to an April 17 fact sheet issued by theCalifornia Department of Social Services, the “Disaster Relief Assistancefor Immigrants Fact Sheet,” which reiterates that only unlawfully presentaliens are eligible for direct assistance.
Our lawsuit argued that the California State Legislature has not enactedany law that affirmatively provides that unlawfully present aliens areeligible for the $75 million of cash public benefits announced byNewsom.
Well, it is California.
Feds Give $23 Million to ‘Community Organizations’ in VirusFight
The Obama Administration discovered that it could fundits favorite leftist organizations through all manner of communityprograms, and the swamp creatures embedded in the DC bureaucracies are atit again. Our Corruption Chronicles blog reports.
Dealing with a devastated economy and the worst unemployment crisis inhistory, the U.S. government is quietly spending $23 million on“culturally and linguistically diverse” COVID-19 outreach and educationin racial and ethnic minority and disadvantaged communities. The goal is todevelop a national and statewide network of public and community-basedorganizations that will help mitigate the virus’s disproportionate impactamong that demographic, according to one of the recently published grant announcements.A separate allocation will revive an Obama-era program that gave leftistgroups tens of millions of dollars to help poor, minority and indigenouscommunities attain “environmental justice.” Under that project theEnvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) will reopenthe State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA) tohelp “underserved communities” and “vulnerable populations” dealwith COVID-19.
The biggest chunk of money, $22 million, will come from the Departmentof Health and Human Services (HHS), which just launched a NationalInfrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial andEthnic Minority Communities. The agency’s Office of Minority Health(OMH) will dole out the cash to “community-based organizations” thatare considered “trusted and usual information sources for racial andethnic minority, rural and disadvantaged communities.” The organizations,most likely leftist groups, will use the taxpayer dollars to “disseminateeffective response, recovery and resilience strategies and ensure servicelinkages for racial and ethnic minority, rural and disadvantagedcommunities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.” This includesidentifying areas with minority and disadvantaged people at substantiallygreater risk of contracting the virus and adverse outcomes due toprevalence of underlying health conditions such as hypertension, heartdisease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and COPD/lung disease as well asstructural and systemic barriers to physical distancing and challenges toaccessing healthcare and social services. The money will flow for up tothree years so the community groups can document and distribute “lessonslearned” and other findings.
Here is why HHS, whose mission is to enhance and protect the healthand well-being of all Americans, is dedicating tens of millions of dollarsto this new venture: “Emerging data suggests racial and ethnic minoritypopulations are experiencing disproportionate impact and worse healthoutcomes from COVID-19,” according to the grant document. “Past publichealth crises, like the H1N1 pandemic and Zika epidemic, have demonstratedand amplified the vulnerability of these populations. Specifically, whencombined with a greater baseline prevalence of underlying healthconditions, a public health crisis like COVID-19 further exacerbates thehigher morbidity and mortality for racial and ethnic minority communities.Due to lack of resources and limited capacity to provide healthcare andsocial services, rural communities are also vulnerable to adverse COVID-19outcomes in the immediate and long term.”
The EPA will dedicate $1 million to the coronavirus minority cause bybringing back Obama’s wasteful environmental justice initiative thatfilled the coffers of numerous leftist groups, including those that help illegalimmigrants. Under the new project, nonprofits will work withunderserved communities to understand, promote and integrate approaches toprovide meaningful and measurable improvements to public health. The agencyidentifies underserved community as those with “environmental justiceconcerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income,rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations.” In a documentattached to the grant announcement, the EPA goes into tremendous detailabout its new initiative to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic onurban and rural low-income and minority communities.
Examples of eligible projects related to COVID-19 include thedevelopment of outreach programs to educate underserved and vulnerablepopulations about EPA-approved disinfectants and how to properly use themas well as managing trash removal within communities; “Healthy Homes”campaigns to share information about in-home environmental and healthhazards that may increase vulnerability due to extended periods indoorsresulting from local stay-at-home orders; other activities that educate,raise public knowledge and awareness toward achieving behavioral changesthat improve health or prevent environmental pollution. To encourageparticipation the government will offer childcare, free disinfectants,translation services and material in “appropriate literacy levels for theimpacted communities with environmental justice concerns.”
We will be cleaning up after the Obama Administration for years.
Virus Drug Controversy: Was Trump Right?
The legacy media seems unable to give President Trump any credit whatsoevereven if the research done by his team could be of benefit to the public.The president and his team have been studying the coronavirus and lookingfor solutions. But it is doubtful the press will ever be able to conveythis in an evenhanded manner.
Micah Morrison, our chief investigative reporter, looksat one example of this in his Investigative Bulletin.
Controversy continues to rage over President Trump’s advocacy of themalaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HC) to combat the coronavirus. As we reportedlast month, Trump critics were shocked, shocked that the presidentwould dare to venture a medical opinion, but based on anecdotal evidencefrom around the globe, it appeared to us that the president had placed abold winning bet on HC.
The blowback was fierce. The White House for a time fell silent on HC.On Sunday, Trump jumped back into the fray witha defense of the drug and an attack on his critics at a Fox News TownHall event.
Response to the Judicial Watch article was swift, particularly afterTrump retweeted journalist Paul Sperry’s tweetabout the story. We received a lot of email. Many of the comments can’tbe repeated in this family-friendly venue. Others were enlightening.
“I’ve been tracking HC treatment and outcomes all over theworld,” writes a data analyst. “Long story short, HC-treated patientshave a case fatality rate of 0.5% (5 out of 1000) whereas the worldwiderate is 6.9% (69 out of 1000). In other words, current evidence suggestsyou’re more than 12 times more likely to die if you are diagnosed withCOVID 19 and you don’t get HC treatment.”
“I am a Florida physician prescribing HC to patients,” anotherreader writes. “I do hope it is a winning bet. My take is it helps earlyand should be used with zinc. Shortened illness. Less lung problems..”Hospitalized patients getting HC should be on heart monitors, thisphysician warns, a nod to concerns about possibledangerous side effects.
Another reader directed us to an APstory about a Veterans Administration study that showed no benefit andincreased deaths from HC. The VA quickly pushed back on the story. VASecretary Robert Wilkie sent a letter to veterans’ organizations sayingthe VA study had led to “misinformation” about treatments at VAhospitals. Wilkie said HC was only given to patients at “highest risk”and noted that the Food and Drug Administration had approved HC foremergency use. (The FDA also issued alater warning that HC could lead to dangerous heart rhythmissues.)
In Turkey, the government has thrown HC at everyone with thevirus—more than 117,000 cases. 3000 have died, but that’s lower thanthe global death rate, Turkish officials say. The “relatively low deathtoll is thanks to treatment protocols in the country, which involve twoexisting drugs—the controversial anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquinetouted by President Trump, and Japanese antiviral favipiravir,” CBS Newsreports.
“Doctors prescribe hydroxychloroquine to everyone who is testedpositive for coronavirus,” a Turkish medical official told CBS.“Hospitalized patients may be given favipiravir as well if they encounterbreathing problems.” The drug combination seemed to “delay or eliminatethe need for intensive care for patients.”
The Turkish effort is not a clinical trial. It’s life in medicalwartime. Closer to home, that also appears to be the case at the Yale NewHaven Health hospital system, reports the website Medscape. The site isbehind a paywall but Yahoo, reportingon the findings, noted that physicians at Yale were prescribing HC“because it had shown potential for success.” Other hospitals alsocontinue to give HC to virus patients, the Yahoo report notes. That’swhat Judicial Watch is hearing from front line medical personnel in NewYork as well.
The bottom line? HC is not without risks, but at hospitals and clinicsacross the country, it’s life in wartime and increasingly it appears thatphysicians and medical administrators are deciding that to save lives, HCis a gamble worth taking.
Trump’s bold bet is still looking like a winner.
It’s always a shame when the media seems willing to make health carea political football.
Until next week …
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