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The Biden State Department shut down an inquiry into the origins of the COVID-19pandemic that was investigating whether the virus stemmed from a leak out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, Fox News has confirmed.
The Biden administration terminated the inquiry – which was being led out of the State Department’s arms control and verification bureau and initially launched at the request of former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – after being briefed on the team’s initial findings in February and March.
A State Department official told Fox News that Secretary of State Antony Blinken did not disband any cell looking into the origins of COVID-19, and that the department only employed a single contractor who was conducting research on several topics – including coronavirus. That contractor, according to the official, left the State Department before Blinken’s confirmation. The official said the inquiry was closed amid concerns about methodology.
The Biden administration’s investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic is currently being led out of the White House National Security Council.
Fox News has learned that David Asher was the contractor leading the investigation. Asher has a history of investigative work tracking money for the AQ Khan network, North Korea’s nuclear program, and top Al Qaeda leaders, but has fallen under scrutiny from former State Department officials.
In a statement to Fox News, Asher defended the investigation, and said that, at the time, some State Department colleagues “were deliberately playing down possible links to China’s biological weapons program.”
“It is U.S. law to engage in effective arms control and nonproliferation, not facilitate it via ‘scientific cooperation’ in the name of threat reduction or refusal to engage in effective compliance with Communist countries that openly aim to incorporate synthetic biology into the future of warfare (apparently with our naive material and scientific assistance),” Asher said.
“We don’t know for certain what happened in Wuhan but we had every reason to investigate and ask questions,” Asher continued. “As the State Department’s Jan. 15 statement said – and as additional disclosures and expert analyses of the last few months have underscored – there is probable cause for deep suspicion.”
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BAIER on HANNITY: Sources Say It’s ‘Increasingly Likely’ Coronavirus Escaped Wuhan Lab
Fox News’ Bret Baier stopped-by ‘Hannity’ Wednesday night to weigh-in on recent reports the Coronavirus escaped a Chinese laboratory; telling Sean it’s “increasingly likely” the disease somehow leaked from a Wuhan research facility.
“You’ve gotten these emails… I’ve been sent so many of these things. You have evidence, what have you uncovered?
“This is from multiple sources… They’ve seen documents, they are saying that it’s increasingly likely that the virus started in a Wuhan lab, not as a bio-weapon, let’s be clear about that,” said Baier.
“They’re saying it occurred naturally, because China was trying to show they were as good as the US in handling viruses. This was a botched effort to contain this. It got out to the population,” he added. “They are 100% confident that China altered the data and the statistics.”
Watch Baier on ‘Hannity’ above.
CRUZ MISSILE: Ted Torches Washington Post ‘Clowns’ for Now Claiming Wuhan Lab Theory ‘Credible’
Senator Ted Cruz slammed the “clowns” at the Washington Post Tuesday after the newspaper suddenly declared the “debunked” theory that COVID-19 originated inside a Chinese laboratory as “credible.”
“The source of the coronavirus that has left more than 3 million people dead around the world remains a mystery. But in recent months the idea that it emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) — once dismissed as a ridiculous conspiracy theory — has gained new credence,” Fact Checker Glenn Kessler wrote.
I fear @tedcruz missed the scientific animation in the video that shows how it is virtually impossible for this virus jump from the lab. Or the many interviews with actual scientists. We deal in facts, and viewers can judge for themselves. https://t.co/TprMnaHSZL
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) May 1, 2020
Clowns. 🤡🤡🤡🤡 pic.twitter.com/hpDEyxrdm2
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 25, 2021
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) May 25, 2021
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