Republican Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has fired back after Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration finally admitted that COVID-19 most likely leaked from a lab.
As Slay News reported, Biden’s Department of Energy concluded in a classified report, which was obtained by the Wall Street Journal, that the likely origin of the coronavirus pandemic was a lab leak in Wuhan, China.
“Classified documents leaked (they should be declassified!) showing scientists at DOE believe COVID leaked from Wuhan Lab,” Sen. Paul tweeted.
Paul, who is now the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, included a link to the Wall Street Journal story on the documents in his post.
Classified documents leaked (they should be declassified!) showing scientists at DOE believe COVID leaked from Wuhan Lab https://t.co/glETIVPe5z
— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) February 27, 2023
The revelation came in an update to a 2021 document by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines’s office.
The Energy Department’s conclusion adds to the State Department, the National Intelligence Council, and the FBI’s apparent agreement that the bio lab in Wuhan was the likeliest source of the outbreak.
On Sunday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) also said that he intends to introduce legislation to declassify intelligence findings about the likely origin of the outbreak.
“The American people deserve the full truth about #COVID origins,” Hawley tweeted.
“No more whitewash.
“I will again introduce legislation to make the U.S. government’s intelligence reports on COVID more open to the public.”
The American people deserve the full truth about #covid origins. No more whitewash. I will again introduce legislation to make the US government’s intelligence reports on covid open to the people https://t.co/6rKqPzPKO2
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) February 26, 2023
Other Republicans have also called for a renewed focus on the origins of the pandemic.
Re. China’s lab leak, being proven right doesn’t matter.
What matters is holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable so this doesn’t happen again.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) February 26, 2023
The Senate already passed my bill with @HawleyMO to make every bit of evidence we know about the COVID lab leak declassified for the American people to see the facts without corporate or government censors. President Biden needs to declassify everything we know today.
— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) February 27, 2023
Big Tech censored the truth.
Legacy media denied the truth.
Government officials hid the truth.
Americans deserve accountability. pic.twitter.com/uKb4UGithk
— Rep. Andrew Clyde (@Rep_Clyde) February 26, 2023
We were right.
Accountability is coming… pic.twitter.com/sUjwlmm7NM
— Congressman Nick Langworthy (@RepLangworthy) February 27, 2023
The Administration is finally admitting what Republicans said 2 years ago👇 Chinese Communist Party’s Wuhan Lab is likely COVID source. Fauci called theory a “shiny object” & the scientist who funneled our tax dollars to lab called it a “conspiracy theory”https://t.co/R1EI2pOgA6
— Office of Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (@RepMalliotakis) February 27, 2023
During an appearance on Fox News, Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew blasted the effort by Democrats and their allies in the media to silence those who suggested the virus may have originated from a Chinese Lab.
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