Republicans are apparently doubling down on their attempts to get to the bottom of the true origin of the COVID-19 pandemic – as the Democrats continue to fight for this critical information to be covered up.
The GOP announced that once they take control of Congress next January – as is widely expected – a full-scale investigation supported by the power of subpoenas will be launched.
This announcement, made by GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, comes after Republicans have spent months trying to get Democrats on board with holding investigative public hearings and to compel testimony from grant agencies to learn more about the research being conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China.
Both things, Democrats have refused to do.
“House Republicans on Energy and Commerce are determined to get to the bottom of the origins of COVID-19, and we will leave no stone unturned,” Rodgers, the top Republican on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee, said according to Fox News.
“For every American who lost a loved one to COVID, every nurse and first responder who worked night and day to fight COVID and keep us safe, and every child who has faced a mental health emergency due to school closures and lockdowns, they deserve answers.”
The leading theory in the origin of the virus is that it originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which studies bat coronaviruses and has engaged in risky gain-of-function research – a theory which the mainstream media long claimed was a “conspiracy theory.”
The virus could have spread from a researcher accidentally getting infected during an experiment and then unleashing it into the community.
While China is not cooperating and has denied the lab leak theory, investigators in the U.S. believe they can gain critical information from a New York-based company called EcoHealth Alliance, which received $117 million in U.S. taxpayer dollars, and has conducted research with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to a Republican House aide.
U.S. money to EcoHealth Alliance has come from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other grant-making agencies.
The big focus has been on an NIH award of nearly $600,000 to EcoHealth that was then sub-awarded to the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the 2014-2019 period for bat coronavirus research.
While Republicans have been demanding answers individually from these government agencies and EcoHealth Alliance, they reveal that all parties involved have simply ignored them.
A Republican majority in Congress would have the power to set the agenda, hold hearings and issue subpoenas. In that case, the NIH and EcoHealth Alliance would be forced to turn over any documents they have and respond to the Republican letters they have ignored up until now.
Kentucky Rep. James Comer, the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said despite the Democrats’ refusal to investigate the origins, Republicans have been still able to uncover important information, such as how Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the White House’s top medical adviser, was aware that NIH was funding the Wuhan lab for risky experimental research on bat coronaviruses and how Fauci “may have acted to conceal the information and intentionally downplay the lab leak theory.”
“When Republicans are in power in 2023, we will use every tool at our disposal to get answers for the American people and hold accountable those who have shielded the truth,” Comer said.
Many have suggested that Dr. Anthony Fauci may have engaged in a coverup surrounding the lab-leak theory given the role he played in it as the NIH head.
Recently disclosed emails between Fauci and former NIH head Collins from the beginning of the pandemic solidify the theory that Fauci has something to hide. The emails detailed a conversation between Fauci and Collins in which the pair agreed to keep suspicion of the lab leak theory a secret.