(The Center Square)
Republicans erupted in outrage after the Biden administration admitted over the weekend that the Wuhan lab was the source of COVID-19, the same lab taxpayers have funded for years.
The Wall Street Journal first reported that a classified briefing from the US Department of Energy to the White House and key members of Congress confirmed that the Wuhan research laboratory was the original source of COVID-19.
“This report confirms our belief that substantial circumstantial evidence favors COVID-19 emerging from a research-related incident,” said U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Subcommittee Investigations Chairman Morgan Griffith, R-Wash. ., and Subcommittee on Health Chairman Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., said in a joint statement.
“These revelations further reinforce the need to reveal why high-ranking government officials, with the help of Big Tech and the media, tried to silence any discussion of a plausible theory of the lab incident, while the Chinese Communist Party stonewalled the investigation by the global scientific community,” he added.
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Republicans vowed to dig into the matter.
“The American people deserve answers if we can restore faith in our public health agencies and better prepare for possible future pandemics,” the Republican said. “Our committee, in coordination with others in the House Republican Conference, will continue to push for the truth.”
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The Biden administration’s admission comes after Republicans were mocked by other lawmakers and the media for the same proposition during the pandemic.
In 2020, the Associated Press called this idea a “myth”. That same year, the New York Times called it a “conspiracy theory” and the Washington Post called it a “fringe theory”.
In the Washington Post, in February 2020, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., wrote an article debunking that “fringe theory.”
“Previous versions of this story and its headlines misrepresented Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) comments about the origin of the coronavirus,” the publication said in a subsequent correction to their story. “The word ‘debunked’ and the post’s use of ‘conspiracy theory’ have been removed because then, as now, there is no determination as to the origin of the virus.”
Cotton posted the WSJ story to Twitter with a short message.
“Well, well, well…” he wrote.
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the documents behind the story should be classified. Dr. has repeatedly discouraged the idea that the virus originated in a lab. Anthony Fauci has been blasted by him and others.
“Fauci knew this right away but dismissed it because of funding for the Wuhan lab,” R-Mo Sen. Eric Smith said. “We know what happened next — when Fauci censored Big Tech when he spoke. As AG, I exposed this ruse, and I will work to make sure this type of censorship never happens again.
Syndicated with permission from The Center Square.