GOP Members Press Biden, DNI Haines For More Information On COVID Lab Leak Theory

GOP Members Press Biden, DNI Haines For More Information On COVID Lab Leak Theory

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Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee have written letters to President Biden and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines demanding information on the origin of COVID-19, claiming they found evidence to support the theory that the virus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab.

The letter accuses the intelligence community of failing to provide timely updates on its investigation and not being “forthcoming” about “what processes it undertook to make seemingly authoritative statements early in the pandemic about the origins of the virus — conclusions that are now in question. 

“This casts doubt on the validity of early judgments as well as the analytic integrity of COVID-19-related intelligence reporting,” the letter addressed to Haines states.

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“Republican Members are aware of allegations that the IC suppressed dissenting views related to the origins of the pandemic and that the community relied upon ‘outside’ experts with concerning yet undisclosed entanglements,” the letter, signed by Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., asserts.

The letter demands that the intelligence community turn over all of its information on COVID-19’s origins, specifically requesting any  reporting on a possible “collaboration” between the Wuhan lab and the Chinese military. It asked for any evidence intelligence agencies had to prove coronavirus broke out naturally and originated in animals. 

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It also asked if the intelligence community was involved in any reviews of “gain of function” research, specifically whether it was appropriate to fund such research outside the U.S.

The letter sets a deadline of May 31 to begin providing information for its request.

During an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Nunes said his team has been gathering circumstantial evidence, such as road closures in Wuhan dating back to October 2019, to determine whether the coronavirus originated in the Wuhan lab or elsewhere. 

He said no evidence so far backs up the concept that COVID-19 began with a human consuming a bat at a wet market.

“We have zero evidence that some dude ate a bat in a

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