Woman Who Alleged Dr. Fauci Sexually Assaulted Her Says She Was Paid by Trump Supporters to Lie

Diana Andrade says Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman orchestrated the lie against Dr. Fauci, which resulted in her receiving financial compensation.


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Diana Andrade, a woman who had accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of sexual assault, now says she was paid by Trump supporters to lie.

"I feel very bad about lying to you and others about Dr. Fauci," Andrade said in an email to Reason's Nancy Rommelmann, as reported on Thursday. "I took it upon myself to call Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman and record them (see attached)… Many thanks and again, I feel very bad about all this. I apologize to you, the other reporters and Dr. Fauci."

The Conservative Hoax Machine tried to smear Dr. Anthony Fauci as a sex criminal. But then the alleged victim recanted, saying that Jacob Wohl had "charmed me into taking money to do this." @NancyRomm has the goods. https://t.co/3NrutePmOe

— Matt Welch (@MattWelch) May 7, 2020

Andrade's claims, which she now concedes were fabricated, centered on what she previously alleged was a sexual assault by Fauci in 2014 when she was 20 years old. Now, Andrade has admitted to knowing Wohl since 2018. According to Andrade, he "charmed" her into accepting money to lie about Fauci. Additionally, Wohl and Burkman are said to have convinced Andrade to "do something like this…back in January."

Both Wohl and Burkman, it's worth pointing out, are known for using similar tactics in the past against ex-FBI boss Robert Mueller and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Dr. Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been a frequent target of ire from Trump and his supporters during the COVID-19 era. In April, Trump retweeted a call to fire Fauci:

Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up. Thank you @OANN https://t.co/d40JQkUZg5

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2020

On multiple occasions, Fauci has stated that a more concerted effort in COVID-19 containment measures during the early stages of the pandemic would have saved American lives.

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