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Biden shut down discreet Trump State Dept. inquiry of any COVID-19 link to Wuhan lab

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With a sudden interest in the media on the origins of COVID-19, with all fingers pointing to the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, we are learning that the Biden administration shut down a closely-held State Department effort to determine if the virus originated in the Chinese lab.

Allies of former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly launched an inquiry last fall to examine where the coronavirus pandemic may have started, according to CNN — “allies” being an interesting term to describe State Department officials.

Citing three sources familiar with the decision, the left-leaning network claimed the investigation was terminated “over concerns about the quality of its work,” and that the inquiry “quickly became mired in internal discord amid concerns that it was part of a broader politicized effort by the Trump administration to blame China and cherry-pick facts to prove a theory.”

Those driving the discord not identified as “allies” of the anti-Trump faction in DC.

The termination reportedly happened “this spring,” a development that was just as quiet as the inquiry itself, when the project was “deemed to be an ineffective use of resources.” At the same time, the Biden State Department said it continues to work with the interagency to look into the COVID origins issue.

Other sources said those involved in the inquiry saw it as “an honest effort to probe what many initially dismissed: that China’s biological weapons program could have had a greater role in the pandemic’s origin in Wuhan,” CNN reported.

On that note, Fox News host Tucker Carlson featured Chinese virologist Dr. Li Meng Yan on Friday’s show and Yan claimed that she has evidence that COVID-19 was lab-made and was intentionally released by the Chinese government.

“From my first report, I can present solid scientific evidence that Covid-19 actually is not from nature,” she said. “I work with the top virologists in the world so together with my experience, I can tell you this is created in the lab. This is from… owned by the Chinese military and also, it is spread to the world to make such damage.”

Carlson called attention to a piece by Nicholas Wade, identified as one of the world’s preeminent science writers, which said evidence overwhelmingly shows that the virus originated at the Wuhan Institute.

Former President  Donald Trump said almost a year ago that the coronavirus may have originated in the Wuhan lab, only to be condemned by the left for being racist.

He released a statement Tuesday amid a renewed focus, which was prompted in part by a Wall Street Journal report that said three workers at the lab were hospitalized in Nov. 2019 prior to the first reported cases of COVID-19 — suggesting a lab accident is very likely.

“Now everybody is agreeing that I was right when I very early on called Wuhan as the source of COVID-19, sometimes referred to as the China Virus,” Trump said. “To me it was obvious from the beginning but I was badly criticized, as usual. Now they are all saying ‘He was right.’ Thank you!”

In an appearance Tuesday on Fox News, where he is now a contributor, Pompeo said that he’s  “convinced” the pandemic originated in the lab.

(Video: Fox News)

“There are many things the United States government could do to impose real cost on the Chinese Communist Party until they come clean about what they know and what they did,” he said.

“We know for sure they covered up this virus. I am confident that we will find that the evidence that we have seen to date is consistent with a lab leak and I’m convinced that is what we’ll see,” Pompeo added. “If I am wrong, I hope the Chinese Communist Party will come forward and make a fool of me.”

Tom Tillison

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