Republican requesting data, notes, emails in intelligence report on COVID-19 origins

Republican requesting data, notes, emails in intelligence report on COVID-19 origins
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Rep. James ComerJames (Jamie) R. ComerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Altria — Dip in COVID-19 cases offer possible sign of hope 'I was one of the lucky ones': Three Democrats recount their abortion stories to panel Hillicon Valley — Presented by Ericsson — Senators gear up for Facebook hearing MORE (R-Ky.), the ranking member on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, is requesting data, notes and emails from the intelligence community’s report on the origins of COVID-19. 

The report from the intelligence community (IC) was released on Aug. 27 and said the origins of the coronavirus were inconclusive and the virus could have begun in a lab or jumped from animals to people. 

“Unfortunately, the Assessment on COVID-19 Origins ... only served to provide more confusion providing the American public with a vague, two-page unclassified summary. This is an unacceptable response that gives the American people little confidence our country is prepared for the next pandemic,” Comer said in a letter, first obtained by Politico, to Director of National Intelligence Avril HainesAvril HainesOvernight Defense & National Security — Afghanistan concerns center stage with G-20 CIA chief team member reported 'Havana syndrome' symptoms during trip to India: report Republican requesting data, notes, emails in intelligence report on COVID-19 origins MORE.

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“Therefore, to assist the Committee with its oversight, we request all raw intelligence reports, meeting notes, and emails relied upon by the IC to develop the Assessment,” he added.

Haines has until Sept. 29 to turn over the information, according to the letter.

In May, President BidenJoe BidenJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Fill the Eastern District of Virginia  Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted MORE ordered a 90-day review by the intelligence community into the origins of the pandemic after some previously disregarded the lab leak theory as a conspiracy theory. 

The intelligence community report did state the virus was not made as a biological weapon and Chinese officials did not know about the virus until the first outbreak.