Republicans cite ‘evidence’ that Wuhan lab was likely source of COVID outbreak

Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, conspiracies swirled that the viral outbreak could be linked to a laboratory in Wuhan, China.

Although such theories have largely been dismissed as ill-informed and even xenophobic, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) claims that a growing trove of evidence appears to back up the narrative.

“This applies across the board”

According to Breitbart, Jordan’s remarks on the topic came this week as he argued that a “leak” at the Wuhan Institute of Virology was a probable cause of the pandemic.

A ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, the Ohio Republican made his case during a Fox News Channel appearance case that “all the evidence seems to be suggesting” such a scenario and insisting that his party wants to dig in and study the matter even more closely.

Of course, Jordan said that Democrats have been a source of opposition in the pursuit of that goal, explaining: “The secretary of state for President Biden has said this is a problem with what the World Health Organization has done. Why don’t they want to look at the science? Why don’t they want to look at the evidence? I think this applies across the board with Democrats today.”

He went on to express frustration at the perceived lack of interest among lawmakers to explore the origins of the deadly virus and reluctance to provide adequate government resources.

“Was it from an animal, or did it come from the Wuhan lab?” Jordan asked. “All the evidence seems to be suggesting that it was a leak from the lab. And yet, no, select committee on coronavirus, I’ve raised this today in the committee, the select — only select committee in Congress, we’re not — they are not willing to investigate it.”

“May have been a leak”

The legislator also argued that allegations that a U.S. grant might have helped fund the lab’s research deserve to be fully investigated.

Jordan is not the only high-profile Republican to make such suggestions, as reported by the New York Post.

House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-CA) and other Republicans on the panel have stressed the perceived importance of probing the matter as part of an effort to “mitigate future pandemics” or prevent them altogether.

“International efforts to discover the true source of the virus, however, have been stymied by a lack of cooperation from the People’s Republic of China,” the lawmakers wrote in a recent report. “Nevertheless, significant circumstantial evidence raises serious concerns that the COVID-19 outbreak may have been a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

With Democrats largely opposed to any robust investigation, it might be left to Republicans — if they are able to regain a majority in Congress next year — to fully trace the origins of the virus.

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