House Republicans are considering using their subpoena powers next year to compel members of the intelligence community (IC) to provide more information about the origins of COVID-19, after a new report from the IC It “downgraded” important information about the virus’s connection to China’s bioweapons. program.
Republican members House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence A report released Wednesday said there are “indications” that COVID-19 may be linked to China’s biological weapons research program and may have “spilled” into the general population during the incident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. ” there is.
The GOP report’s findings contradict an October 2021 assessment by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that SARS-CoV-2 is “probably not a biological weapon.” That report added: “We are skeptical of claims that SARS-CoV-2 is a biological weapon because they are supported by unscientific claims.”
“We will exercise our subpoena power when we have to,” Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, who led the report, said on a call with reporters Thursday. Wenstrup said he hopes IC officials will voluntarily testify under oath before the committee.
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“If they don’t do that, we will exercise our right to subpoena,” Wenstrup said. Republicans will hold a majority in the House of Representatives when the next Congress begins in January.
Specifically, the congressman said, “We are working to find out who in the intelligence community made the decisions in the report so we can talk to them to understand why they made the decisions.”
“And no decision was made more brilliantly than by broad agreement [COVID] not developed as a bioweapon. If so, you need to come forward and tell me what level of confidence you have and what informed your decision-making process. and what’s the science and data behind it,” Wenstrup said.
“It is our duty” to ask these questions and come to a conclusion, he continued. “None of this should be private to us because they’ve looked at what’s going on with the intelligence community and why there are disagreements. Those are fair questions that we should be asking.”
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Wednesday’s report said the Republican investigation “revealed serious flaws in the intelligence community’s secret and declassified versions” that “distorted public understanding of key issues and fueled mistrust.”
“The committee has downplayed important information regarding possible links between the IC COVID-19 and China’s bioweapons research,” the report said, citing the intelligence community’s “refusal to be transparent with the committee.” which experts he relied on.”
The way to develop trust is through “transparency and honesty,” Wenstrup said, noting that “trust has eroded on both sides.”
The intelligence community “has nothing to hide from us,” he said, referring to committee members who have access to classified material.
Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, said last week that the committee would launch an investigation. Origin of COVID-19 and the intelligence community’s monitoring of domestic extremism when it takes control of the House next year.
Turner and his colleagues sent 27 letters to the Biden administration Demanding answers on the origins of COVID, but none have been answered, which he calls “a serious concern.”