Impressions From the House Investigation Into the COVID Lab Leak

The House Oversight and Accountability Committee’s subcommittee on the COVID-19 pandemic recently held its first hearing as part of its investigation into the virus’ origins. From the hearing, the subcommittee learned there is “no doubt NIH was funding gain-of-function research,” according to former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Robert Redfield. The former CDC director later added, “This whole approach that was taken on Feb. 1 [2020] and subsequently in the month of February, if you really want to be truthful, it’s antithetical to science,” referring to measures taken by officials to control the outbreak. “Science has debate. They squashed any debate.”

From The Daily Signal:

“Whatever the origins of COVID-19, whether it is bats or bureaucrats, no finding will ever exonerate or rehabilitate Donald Trump for his lethal recklessness in mismanaging the crisis in America, which cost us more than 1 million lives,” [Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-MD.] said. 


“Indeed, if COVID was the product of a lab leak or the worst bioweapon of mass destruction ever invented—as some have argued, and obviously we don’t have the scientific evidence to say any of this yet—it would not only not remove Donald Trump’s culpability, it would only deepen his culpability in the most profound way,” Raskin said, adding:

Why do I say that? Because over the course of the crisis, beginning in January of 2020 and lasting through the spring, on more than 42 different occasions that we have identified so far, President Trump openly praised and defended the performance of Communist Party Secretary and Chinese President Xi [Jinping] in his handling of COVID-19, and both boasted of how close they were working together and boasted of Xi’s openness and transparency.