EXCLUSIVE: House Republican Whip Steve Scalise and more than 200 House Republicans called on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to direct committee chairs to investigate the origins of COVID-19 and devote congressional investigatory resources to examining claims that the novel coronavirus pandemic stemmed from a lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and that the Chinese Communist Party “covered it up.”
Scalise, R-La., the top Republican on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, in a letter to Pelosi, D-Calif., exclusively obtained by Fox News, said House Democrats have not held “a single hearing” on the origins of COVID-19 despite House Republicans’ numerous requests for investigation.
“We request that you instruct the appropriate Democrat committee chairs to immediately join Republican calls to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for its role in causing the global COVID-19 pandemic,” Scalise and Republicans wrote, adding that there “is mounting evidence the pandemic started in a Chinese lab, and the CCP covered it up.”
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“If that’s the case, the CCP is responsible for the deaths of almost 600,000 Americans and millions more worldwide,” they wrote. “These questions about the CCP’s liability are not a diversion, as you falsely claimed.”
They added: “To the contrary, every American family that lost someone deserves answers about the origin of this terrible virus, and House Democrats’ ongoing refusal to allocate investigative resources to get those answers is an affront to them.”
Scalise and Republicans noted that House GOP members “repeatedly” called for an investigation “to address the CCP’s complicity in obscuring the origins of COVID-19.”
“Repeatedly, our requests were ignored,” they wrote, adding that Democrats have been “alarmingly shielding the CCP from scrutiny.”
“After more than a year of inaction in light of mounting evidence against the CCP, it raises serious questions as to why House Democrats continue to cover for the CCP’s lies and obfuscation,” they wrote.
Scalise and Republicans said, though, that the Biden administration “appears to share the concerns of House Republicans about the CCP’s role in the pandemic.”
Republicans have pushed a flurry of bills in recent days related to the outbreak; one bipartisan piece of legislation planned for Friday would set up a virus “origins” panel, while another would let U.S. victims of the virus sue Beijing.
President Biden released a rare statement Wednesday, revealing that the U.S. intelligence community has “coalesced around two likely scenarios” for the origins of COVID-19, “including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident,” and asked for “additional follow-up.”
The president asked the intelligence community to “redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days,” Biden said.
“As part of that report, I have asked for areas of further inquiry that may be required, including specific questions for China,” he added while noting that the effort would include work by “our National Labs and other agencies of our government to augment the Intelligence Community’s efforts” and directing the IC to “keep Congress fully apprised of its work.”
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