Steve Scalise Accuses Pelosi of 'Covering for China' over Coronavirus Origins
'It’s a Soviet-style cover-up'
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), accusing the Democrat leader of preventing efforts to find the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference, Scalise said:
"Pelosi won’t do it," Scalise told the crowd.
He promised they would "hold China accountable" when Republicans retake the House in the 2022 midterms,
"They are covering for China right now," Scalise said of his Democratic colleagues.
"It’s a Soviet-style cover-up."
"We’re going to keep calling them out on it," he said.
"They've announced weeks ago they are looking at this."
In May, the U.S. intelligence community said it was examining "all available evidence" on the origin of COVID-19 and "aggressively" working to collect and analyze new information on the issue.
Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Strategic Communications Amanda Schoch said in a statement:
"The U.S. Intelligence Community does not know exactly where, when, or how the COVID-19 virus was transmitted initially but has coalesced around two likely scenarios: either it emerged naturally from human contact with infected animals, or it was a laboratory accident."
But a push for a full-scale investigation into the origins of the pandemic is now underway on Capitol Hill.
A bill introduced by Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, would establish such a commission.
Its inquiry could include a look at the origins of the virus; early warnings and other communication with foreign governments; coordination among federal, state, and local agencies; the availability of medical supplies; testing and public health surveillance; vaccination development and distribution; the uneven effect on minorities; and government relief policies.
Last month, Facebook lifted its ban on posts about COVID-19 potentially being manmade and will limit censorship of theories about the coronavirus possibly originating from a Chinese Communist Party laboratory.
Facebook initially put the ban into place on February 8 after the social media giant consulted the World Health Organization (WHO).