STEVE HILTON (GUEST): The frightening thing, Maria, and the truth I think we need to confront is that the very strong possibility here is that the reason that the U.S. government, that the Biden administration doesn't want to really delve into the details of this is not just the work in the lab in Wuhan, which has been widely reported -- Secretary Pompeo is exactly right -- that is the most likely source of the leak from the lab that resulted in the pandemic. But the question is who commissioned the work? Who started the work that they were doing in that lab? And the answer, as I was reporting this Sunday on my show, comes back right here to our country to Dr. Fauci.
Dr. Fauci is the leading world proponent of a type of virus research called gain-of-function. The idea is to manipulate genetic information in the lab to make viruses as contagious as possible so we can learn how to fight them. It's a noble intention but accidents happen. In 2014, Dr. Fauci commissioned work that led to that kind of manipulation in the lab that is so close to what we saw with this pandemic. That's what needs to be investigated and yet there's no one who wants to ask why did Dr. Fauci commission that work and continue to fund it despite a ban in 2014 on that risky research being opposed by the Obama administration? And then the second big question, Maria, are we still funding this kind of research and risking another pandemic?