Stonewalling by 'Great Wall' country frustrates GOP lawmakers
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee continue to push for more information on COVID-19. One of those lawmakers says they really want to know where and how the virus originated.
"China tells us what they want us to know on this, and so we just want the answers," committee member Representative Trent Kelly (R-Mississippi) tells One News Now.
Last week, Republicans on the committee issued a report saying there is "significant circumstantial evidence" that COVID-19 stemmed from a leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. As a result, those GOP lawmakers are pushing the Biden administration to apply more pressure on China to allow a full, credible investigation.
"We know people there started becoming ill," says Kelly. "We know it was in close proximity."
Prior to the report, Representative Devin Nunes (R-California) and other GOP members wrote letters to President Joe Biden and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, saying the intelligence committee has not been forthcoming with information.
"People in the world have a right to know how and where this virus originated," says Kelly. "I would think that Democrats would be supportive of getting to the facts and the science on this and not just taking China's word for it."
Republicans also want to know whether and how much U.S. funding went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
"Who sent money to them? What was it sent for? What were the precautions to make sure this didn't happen?" Kelly asks. "The American people deserve those answers – and listen, if it came from natural causes, we want to know that answer as well or if it was something that by accident or mistake got out and it should not have. But we need the real answers."
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