House Republicans to hold their own hearing on origins of Covid-19


House Republicans plan to hold their own public hearing on the origins of Covid-19 next week, featuring “many respected doctors, scientists” and “members of Congress who have investigated this on their own” , House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R -La., Says Thursday.

They do not have subpoena power and do not have the ability to compel witnesses to testify and produce documents because of their minority status. But Scalise said Republicans on the House coronavirus crisis subcommittee, which was created by Democrats to review former President Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic, would continue their hearing scheduled for Tuesday out of frustration. the majority’s refusal to hold a public hearing dedicated to the matter.

Scalise said he and other Republicans have repeatedly called on the Democratic leadership, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., To hold hearings to hold the “Chinese Communist Party accountable” for the pandemic, in vain.

“Here in the United States, we have had over 600,000 deaths – nearly 4 million worldwide – but President Pelosi still refuses to hold a hearing on the origin of Covid-19,” said Scalise, member rank of the subcommittee.

President Joe Biden ordered the intelligence community to redouble efforts to shed light on the origins of the deadly virus last month after new reports raised questions about its spread from a Wuhan lab , in China.

The intelligence community has so far not been able to come to a “definitive conclusion” on the origins of the virus and questions whether it stems from human contact with an infected animal or from an accident. lab, Biden said. He gave agencies 90 days to “collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion.

In a letter to Scalise earlier this month, the subcommittee chair, Rep. James Clyburn, DS.C., and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., chair of the oversight committee, noted that d Other congressional committees, including the scientific committee, “have indicated that they intend to do work related to the origins of the coronavirus.”

“Our committees are focused on ensuring that the federal government’s response to the pandemic is effective, efficient and fair,” they wrote, adding that “we are concerned that your request is designed not to obtain new information to protect the health of Americans. , but to deflect responsibility for the failure of the Trump administration’s response to this crisis. “

The Democrat-controlled House Standing Committee on Intelligence is investigating the origins of the virus, but has not held a hearing on the matter. Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Suggested in a statement last month that the committee would wait until the end of the 90-day review.

“It is essential that we allow the IC [Intelligence Committee], and other scientific and medical experts, to weigh and objectively assess all available facts, and to avoid any premature or politically motivated conclusions, ”said Schiff.

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