House Democrats and Republicans united on Friday, sending a clear message that it is time for the Biden administration to share the details about the origin of COVID-19.
Republicans and Democrats voted unanimously – 419-0 on a bill that would require the director of national intelligence within Biden’s administration to declassify all intelligence related to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and provide all details and links to the origins of the COVID-19 virus. The release of information would be required to be made public 90 days after the bill is signed into law.
The vote came after new information from the Department of Energy and the FBI that an actual lab leak in China was the most likely source of the pandemic that wreaked havoc around the world, killing millions of people. After that report came to light, the Senate moved quickly to unanimously pass the GOP bill last week, and the House followed with its own unanimous vote a little more than a week later.
There is strong speculation that the classified information details that the Wuhan lab is the source of COVID and cause of the destruction pandemic.
“The American public deserves answers to every aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how this virus was created and specifically, whether it was a natural occurrence of was the result of a lab-related event,” said House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner, R-Ohio.
“The House intelligence committee, which oversees our intelligence community, is aware of classified information that could help inform the public why COVID-19 as a lab leak theory is not just a possibility, but approaches the idea that it is likely.”
There is reason to believe that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the immediate person directing and advising our country through the pandemic, actually knew the original source of the virus and that it came from the Wuhan lab. There is also strong speculation that Fauci worked to cover the information up.
“In January of 2020, Dr. Fauci received emails that promulgated that COVID-19 looked engineered and not from the wild,” Murphy said. “Yet three weeks later, to save his own skin, he commissioned a scientific paper which ‘debunked’ the lab theory. He was academically and intellectually dishonest. The truth is that Dr. Fauci and his institution funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to promote dangerous gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology without proper guardrails,” Murphy said.
Rep. Jim Himes, a Democrat on the intelligence committee said, “The chairman [Turner] and I have seen all of the classified information on this, and we don’t know the origins of the COVID pandemic. So whatever is ultimately declassified, I would hope that my colleagues and the American people would approach that information with the humility, the intellectual humility that we need to approach something as serious as a pandemic and how we behave as citizens in a democracy.”
Himes is in support of declassifying the information held by the government so citizens can make up their own minds. This process is imperative since China has been reluctant to assist the U.S. in the investigation and China continues to argue that COVID may have come from a U.S. lab.
“At every juncture, the PRC government has obfuscated and obstructed legitimate inquiries and investigations into the origins of the disease. China’s approach has been deeply irresponsible and dangerous to global public health,” Himes said
If President Biden chooses to veto the bill, both chambers have shown they undoubtedly have the two-thirds vote necessary to override his veto.
As of Friday morning, the White House had not released a statement on the bill, a likely sign that Biden will sign the bill.