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Pompeo reveals how NIH tried to suppress US State Dept. Covid-19 origins probe early on

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Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that the National Institutes of Health tried to suppress State Department efforts under his direction to investigate the true origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

Appearing on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle,” the former Trump Cabinet official had a harsh assessment of Dr. Anthony Fauci in the face of sudden interest from the media in what may have caused the worldwide pandemic suspected of killing nearly 4 million people, saying the nation’s leading infectious disease expert sounds as if he is repeating Chinese Communist Party excuses.

“To hear Fauci this morning talk about how the Chinese have an interest in us discovering what happened is just crazy talk. The Chinese have a deep interest in covering it up. They have done so pretty darn effectively,” he said.

Pompeo said Fauci has offered “the exact same excuses, the exact same theories that the Chinese Communist Party has presented for over a year now.”

“He implies good faith for the Chinese Communist Party: We are on the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square [incident]. For Dr. Fauci to go out and think the CCP cared that there were people in Wuhan who were dying… is just naïve beyond all possible imagination,” he said.

(Video: Fox News)

Pompeo noted that there was pushback within the State Department to a probe from those who didn’t like him or former President Donald Trump, but also said he had to overcome “internal debate” from the NIH.

“Folks were trying to suppress what we were doing at the State Department as well,” he said of the nation’s medical research agency.

Pointing to documents the State Department put out in January, Pompeo said they “demonstrated some of the central facts we now know that lead to the overwhelming amount of efforts to demonstrate that this probably did come from this virology lab [in Wuhan, China].”

Host Laura Ingraham pointed to a Vanity Fair piece on the story to note that when Pompeo demanded access to the Wuhan lab, the DNI put out a statement saying that “the Intelligence Community also concurs with the wide scientific consensus that the COVID-19 virus was not manmade or genetically modified.”

The piece also said a State Department official named Miles Yu was translating and “mirroring” documentation on the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s website and that he compiled a dossier on the lab’s research that was given to Pompeo.

“When I received that [dossier] it was in early May,” Trump’s top diplomat said. “I was on TV talking about what I could get declassified at that point. We worked diligently to get them to declassify more.”

“[Then DNI Director John] Ratcliffe was a great partner in trying to do that,” Pompeo added. “But there were folks all over the community who did not want to talk about this, who wanted to stay focused on other things — didn’t want the world to know the Chinese Communist Party was in the process of covering up several million losses of life.”

He also said the Chinese CCP has “no desire for the world to know what happened.”

“They could clear this all up in a minute if they wanted to. They have chosen not to and I think that is another link in the chain that demonstrates that, when we get to the end of this, we will have demonstrated that the Chinese knew what had happened and their virology lab was at the center of it,” Pompeo said.

As for whether there was the involvement of the Chines military, Pompeo said that is unknown, but he did say the U.S. knew there was military activity taking place at the lab and that we “should give them no benefit of the doubt and we should impose enormous costs until they come clean about what happened inside their country.”

Tom Tillison

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