House Republicans demand congressional probe into COVID-19 origin

House Republicans demand congressional probe into COVID-19 origin

House Republicans are calling for a congressional investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

The letter from 209 House Republicans, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyJuan Williams: Trump is killing American democracy Republican spin on Biden is off the mark Cheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member MORE (Calif.), Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseThe 9 Republicans who voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — US cracks down on tools for foreign hacking House passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure MORE (La.) and Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan GOP lawmakers worry vaccine mandate will impact defense supply chain Lawmakers pay tribute to Colin Powell MORE (N.Y.), demands House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Democrats haggle as deal comes into focus Dem hopes for infrastructure vote hit brick wall MORE (D-Calif.) allow a congressional probe into the virus’s origins.

“We request that you instruct the appropriate Democrat committee chairs to immediately join Republican calls to hold the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accountable for its role in causing the global COVID-19 pandemic,” the letter reads.

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“There is mounting evidence the pandemic started in a Chinese lab, and the CCP covered it up,” the lawmakers continue. “If that is the case, the CCP is responsible for the deaths of almost 600,000 Americans and millions more worldwide.”

The request comes as the Biden administration ramps up its efforts to determine the origin of COVID-19. 

President BidenJoe BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping MORE ordered the intelligence community on Wednesday to “redouble their efforts” to find a definitive conclusion on the virus’s origin and gave them 90 days to report back. Biden said Thursday that he would publicly release the findings.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Thursday that the intelligence community has “coalesced around two likely scenarios.”

“Either it emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals or it was a laboratory accident,” the statement said.

The laboratory theory had been dismissed but has recently been given new attention. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology became so ill that they sought hospital care in November 2019, around the time the virus first spread. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a report in March dismissing the laboratory theory as “extremely unlikely.”

“It is clear the WHO failed to produce the final word on the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the CCP’s liability,” the Republicans wrote to Pelosi. “That task falls to us in Congress. House Republicans have consistently called on you to uncover the this truth. It is time you join this battle.”