As efforts to get to the bottom of the origins of COVID-19 are heating up, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) is pointing to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as a potentially significant obstacle standing in the way of a full investigation, and ultimately, the truth of what occurred, according to Just the News.
Speaking Friday at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference, Scalise explained that with regard to launching a far-reaching probe of the origins of the novel coronavirus, “Pelosi won’t do it. When we’re in the majority, [Republicans] will do it, and we will hold China accountable. They are covering for China right now. It’s a Soviet-style cover-up. We’re going to keep calling them out on it.”
Though Just the News sought comment from Pelosi in response to Scalise’s accusation, her office simply referenced the House Intelligence Committee probe of the virus’ origins, saying merely, “They’ve announced weeks ago they are looking at this.”
As Fox News noted, it was announced back in May that the U.S. intelligence community would review “all available evidence” on the source of the scourge that ravaged the globe and that it would be “aggressively” seeking to gather and assess new facts as they became available.
At the time, Amanda Schoch, assistant director of National Intelligence for strategic communications stated, “The U.S. Intelligence Community does not know exactly where, when, or how the COVID-19 virus was transmitted initially but has coalesced around two likely scenarios: either it emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals or it was a laboratory accident.”
Though Pelosi may be reluctant to commit when it comes to mounting a comprehensive probe into the source of the pandemic that has killed over 600,000 Americans, other lawmakers are growing increasingly forceful in their demands for precisely that.
As Fox News explained, Sens. Bob Mendendez (D-NJ) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced a measure to establish a commission that would be charged with examining the origins of the virus; whether there were early warning signs known to governmental authorities, the trajectory of vaccine development and distribution efforts, and other related matters.
Also intent on learning the facts underlying the pandemic are Republican Sens. Josh Hawley (MO) and Mike Braun (IN), who led the upper chamber in securing passage of a bill requiring the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to declassify and make public any material unearthed about the origins of the virus, as The Hill reported last month, with Hawley declaring on the Senate floor:
The American people deserve to know about the origins of the COVID-19. They deserve to know how this terrible pandemic that has ravaged the globe and our country, how it got started and what’s China’s role in starting it.
Precisely what sort of quarrel Pelosi might possibly have with that assertion, or why she might be determined to block a far-reaching investigation into the matter, however, remains anyone’s guess.