Republicans erupt after Energy Department says COVID-19 likely originated in Chinese lab: ‘We need answers’

Republicans in Congress said the U.S. Department of Energy COVID-19 Pandemic It was probably due to an accidental leak in a lab in China.

The Department of Energy, which was previously undecided about the origin of the pandemic, joins the FBI’s position that the coronavirus was likely spread by an accident in a Chinese laboratory. wall street journal He recently reported, citing classified intelligence reports provided to key members of the White House and Congress.

The laboleek theory, or the theory that the virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology Laboleek Wuhan, Chinawas widely dismissed as a conspiracy theory and “misinformation” by Democrats, major news outlets, scientists and social media companies in the early stages of the pandemic.

Now, Republicans are demanding accountability from the CCP, and there is mounting evidence that the CCP is responsible for the pandemic.

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“It doesn’t matter if the Re. China lab leak proves correct,” tweeted Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark. It’s about making sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Republican Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton

Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark.


The Washington Post and New York Times accused Cotton of repeating “peripheral theories” when he referred to a possible lab leak in February 2020. exposed. “

The Times came under fire after being attacked by a group last month. 43 national security experts They signed a letter accusing The Times, Time Magazine, The Lancet and Nature Medicine of stifling debate about the origin of the virus.

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“Elites and academics owe an apology to everyone who had legitimate questions and concerns about the origins of COVID,” tweeted R-Colo Rep. Ken Buck. It’s worth seeing the lab leaks and all the information about the origins of COVID.This will never be forgotten.”

“Four [clown emojis] For Glenn,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted, attacking Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler.

Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio Republican) tweeted, “Government has caught up with what Real America has known all along.”

“Americans knew this from day one,” tweeted Congressman Andy Biggs, R-Ariz. “Unfortunately, Big Tech and Big Government have silenced them.”

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) tweeted: “Americans deserve to know the complete truth about the origins of #covid. ”

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“[Former Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony] Fauci knew this immediately, but dismissed it for funding the Wuhan lab. “

The Republican Twitter account for the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability wrote: Labs, but he may have acted to cover it up. Why? We need answers and accountability.

Republican National Committee Chairman Ronna McDaniel tweeted, “Big Tech has censored information showing that COVID was caused by a lab leak.” is the most likely cause, and both the CCP and Big Tech need accountability.”

National Intelligence Council and four other agencies rated as “low confidence” The COVID-19 pandemic has been attributed to natural transmission from infected animals, though the CIA and another unnamed agency are undecided. According to the Journal, the latest Energy Department report maintains consensus among all intelligence agencies that the pandemic was not the result of China’s bioweapons program.

According to the WSJ, the Department of Energy’s position is important. The Department of Energy has considerable scientific expertise and oversees a network of US national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research. People who read the classified report told the WSJ: energy sector The FBI maintains its view, ranking the same conclusion in 2021 with “moderate confidence” that the COVID-19 pandemic was the result of an accidental laboratory leak.


In a statement to Fox News Digital on Sunday, a Department of Energy spokesperson said, “The Department of Energy continues to support the thorough, prudent and objective work of our intelligence experts in their investigations. increase. origin of COVID-19, as directed by the President. “

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan was asked about the WSJ report during an appearance on CNN Sunday. One of them, he said, certainly doesn’t have enough information,” Sullivan said.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.