Even After WSJ’s ‘Lab Leak’ Report, White House Sticks to Covid Narrative Pushed by China
The White House is not going to let a little thing like federal agencies concluding the coronavirus ‘likely’ originated at the Wuhan laboratory get in the way of its political narrative.
On Sunday, an explosive story in the Wall Street Journal reported “the Covid pandemic most likely arose from a laboratory leak, according to a classified intelligence report recently provided to the White House and key members of Congress.”
The report added that the new intelligence is “significant because the agency has considerable scientific expertise and oversees a network of U.S. national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research.”
The Energy Department issued it conclusion with “low confidence,” according to people who have read the classified report. The FBI had concluded in 2021 it had “moderate confidence” the pandemic was likely the result of a lab leak and still holds that position.
But the White House is backing the narrative of the Chinese Communist Party that no one should view the lab leak reports as a reason to blame China. Watch:
“There’s some new spin now from the Chinese government,’ Fox News’ Peter Doocy reported. “It reads like this; Certain parties should stop rehashing the lab leak narrative, stop smearing China, and stop politicizing origins tracing.”
“On Capitol Hill, House Republicans say they see this Energy Department conclusion, even though it is billed as one of ‘low confidence,’ as confirmation of long-held beliefs, including Republican Congressman Michael McCaul, who says, ‘now is the time for the entire Biden administration to join the Department of Energy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the majority of Americans by publicly concluding what common sense told us at the start, the Covid-19 pandemic or originated from a lab leak in Wuhan China’.”
“The other theory involved a wet market in Wuhan and somebody eating a bat that was sick and that that led to natural transmissionm” Doocy continued. “But the lab leak theory seems to make more sense to Democrats in D.C.”
“I mean, look, I’m not entirely surprised. the Chinese have mishandled Covid at every step of the way, trying to sweep it under the rug, trying to try a strategy of Zero Covid that utterly failed,” Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) said.
“So on the Hill, some Democrats are saying they’re not surprised,” Doocy added. “But here at the White House, officials have said from the start, the lab leak should not be a default.”
“President Biden hasn’t said anything about this yet,” he went on. “He’s in the air right now, coming back from a weekend away in Delaware. If he does talk about it, we should have that video later.”
The Senate GOP in October called the lab leak theory the “most likely” scenario for Covid’s origins. The report from the office of Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) concluded the SARS-CoV-2 virus was “most likely the result of a research-related incident” at the Wuhan laboratory in China.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is calling on the Biden administration to declassify classified documents showing scientists at the Department of Energy believe Covid-19 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory in China.
“Classified documents leaked (they should be declassified!) showing scientists at DOE believe COVID leaked from Wuhan Lab,” Paul tweeted on Monday.
Senate Republicans Want Heads to Roll After Explosive Covid Origins Report
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