A group of congressional Republicans is conducting extensive investigations into the origins of the pandemic caused by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus, including the possibility of an “accidental” leak from a Wuhan laboratory. They have recently demanded that the Biden administration declassify key information to assist with the investigation.
The top Republican on the House Commerce and Energy Committee, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, wrote this week to Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting to declassify documents to “collaborate” in the ongoing investigation into the origins of the CCP virus.
“As leaders on the Congressional Committee with jurisdiction over public health, we strongly support a comprehensive investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the possibility of an accidental laboratory leak,” McMorris wrote, along with Representatives Brett Guthrie and H. Morgan Griffith.
Republicans had previously asked Blinken to release “unclassified documents and declassify other documents for public disclosure, as appropriate, related to the claim that the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), China, collaborated with the Chinese military in conducting classified research, including experiments on laboratory animals,” which may have given rise to the CCP Virus.
During the Trump administration, the State Department claimed that WIV collaborated on “secret projects” with China’s military, and stated that, “Despite WIV’s portrayal as a civilian institution, the United States has determined that it has collaborated on secret publications and projects within China’s military since at least 2017.”
In this sense, the legislator stressed the importance of declassifying these documents to clarify a little more about the origin of the virus. The research conducted in Wuhan by the World Health Organization (WHO) is not at all reliable.
The WHO dismissed claims the CCP Virus had escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan and instead called the theory of zoonotic transmission, or transfer of infection from animals to humans, “very likely.”
Blinken last month said the coronavirus “got out of control faster” because of China, and said Beijing “didn’t do what it needed to do” in the early stages of the pandemic. But beyond these mild comments, the Biden administration has done nothing to get results regarding the origin of the virus, nor has it exerted enough pressure for international agencies such as the WHO to do their investigative work properly.
In parallel, Republican Senators Josh Hawley and Mike Braun introduced a bill in April that if passed would force the Biden administration to declassify intelligence related to the origins of the CCP Virus.
“For over a year, anyone asking questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology has been branded as a conspiracy theorist,” Hawley said in a statement last month. “The world needs to know if this pandemic was the product of negligence at the Wuhan lab but the CCP has done everything it can to block a credible investigation.”
Braun stressed that identifying the origins of the virus is vital to preventing future pandemics.