CNN reported that the Biden Administration has ended a Trump era investigation into the origins of Covid-19, according to “three sources familiar with the decision.” The inquiry was opened by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “last fall” and was recently closed because administration officials were concerned about the “quality of the evidence.”
Those involved in the previously undisclosed inquiry, which was launched last fall by allies of then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, say it was an honest effort to probe what many initially dismissed: that China’s biological weapons program could have had a greater role in the pandemic’s origin in Wuhan, according to two additional sources.
But the inquiry quickly became mired in internal discord amid concerns that it was part of a broader politicized effort by the Trump administration to blame China and cherry-pick facts to prove a theory.
The decision to terminate the inquiry, which was run primarily out of the State Department’s arms control and verification bureau, was made after Biden officials were briefed on the team’s draft findings in February and March of this year, a State Department spokesperson said. Questions were raised about the legitimacy of the findings and the project was deemed to be an ineffective use of resources, explained a source familiar with the decision.
First, I think we can stop calling the probability that the coronavirus escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab a “theory.” As the report released last week by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee indicated, “significant circumstantial evidence” points to a lab leak as the likely origin of the pandemic.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to prove or disprove the Committee’s findings because of the CCP’s obstruction.
Second, as Sen. Tom Cotton points out in the tweet below, if the Biden Administration is so concerned about the “quality of the evidence” from the State Department probe, why haven’t they opened their own investigation?
🚨 The Biden administration *shut down* the work to identify the origins of COVID.
If "quality of the evidence" was the problem, why hasn't the Biden Team launched their own investigation? https://t.co/oWAoopHCwk
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) May 26, 2021
At the Monday White House briefing, Fox News’ Peter Doocy noted Sunday’s report in The Wall Street Journal which revealed that three researchers from the Wuhan lab had fallen ill in November 2019 and were hospitalized “with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness.”
He asked press secretary Jen Psaki why the Biden Administration was not conducting an investigation into the lab leak theory. She replied: “We have repeatedly called for the [World Health Organization] WHO to support an expert-driven evaluation of the pandemic’s origins that is free from interference or politicization.”
NYT's @maggieNYT on the Wuhan lab leak theory: "Important to remember … then-Pres Trump and Pompeo both suggested they'd seen evidence this was formed in a lab … but they refused to release the evidence … because of that, that made this instantly political." pic.twitter.com/r9zi1lJT74
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 25, 2021
They’re hopeful that the WHO can conduct “a more helpful, transparent Phase II investigation.”
Doocy pressed the issue leading Psaki to say, “I think you’re misunderstanding how this process actually works,” The U.S. can’t be “leaping ahead of an actual international process.”
Well, why the #&*$ not? Over 600,000 Americans have died as a result of this virus.
The WHO is so trustworthy, after all. On Jan. 14, 2020, they told the world, “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus.”
After former President Donald Trump enacted a ban on flights from China, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issued a statement which said, “there is no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade. WHO doesn’t recommend limiting trade and movement.”
The WHO is in cahoots with China and cannot be trusted.
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China🇨🇳. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020
The CNN article says, “the inquiry also came amid a broader effort by some in the Trump administration to look for ways to blame the Chinese government for the outbreak and deflect responsibility from its own handling of the virus,”
This has become a frequently repeated talking point from the left.
The bottom line is that Americans (and the rest of the world) need to know definitively where this virus came from for two reasons.
The first is to prevent this from ever happening again.
The second, and perhaps more important of the two, is we need to know the role of the CCP in the early days of the pandemic. We need to obtain a precise timeline so that we can compare it to the actions taken by the CCP.
Why did they wait so long to disclose the fact that a deadly pathogen had escaped from the Wuhan Lab? Why did they stop domestic flights into and out of Wuhan, but continue to allow international flights out of Wuhan? Why, it’s almost as if they were trying to spread the virus to the world.
To the Biden Administration, climate change and extremism in the ranks of the U.S. military remain the existential threats to our national security.
Why would they shut down an existing State Department investigation into the origins of the coronavirus? Because they either already know how it evolved or have a pretty good idea.
And if it’s proven that China has acted in bad faith, which is almost certain, they would be forced to hold China accountable.
Yesterday, I posted about Biden’s failure to confront China over the CCP-tied hacking group Hafnium’s major cyberattack on the Microsoft Exchange Server in March. Although the company and other cybersecurity firms who have assessed the breach have attributed the attack to the group, Biden refuses to call them out.
Yet in April, the administration formally blamed the massive SolarWinds cyberattack on Russia’s SVR, the country’s foreign intelligence service in a White House fact sheet. And Biden openly attributed the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack to a hacker group called DarkSide which operates out of Russia.
Biden is a coward.
Simply put, he is afraid of what an investigation will reveal. And the actions he would have to take. For this president, ignorance is bliss.