Pres. Biden ends one coronavirus-origin investigation and begins another

The Biden administration appears to have just done an about-face.

Breitbart reports that, after canceling a U.S. investigation of the origin of the coronavirus pandemic, Biden has begun a U.S. investigation of the origin of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Background

A new report released this week indicated that President Biden, at some point in the recent past, canceled a State Department inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

That inquiry had been started by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the fall of 2020. And, with the inquiry, Pompeo was looking to discover whether the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), prior to the coronavirus outbreak, had been using the Wuhan lab to study the sort of coronavirus that caused the pandemic.

Biden, however, called that inquiry off. He did so, according to the report, because he questioned its legitimacy and because he considered it a poor use of resources.

Recently, however, the Biden administration has run into a problem: the theory that the coronavirus was passed to a human from an animal is losing ground and the theory that the coronavirus originated in the Wuhan lab is gaining ground. This shift has resulted, in part, from the fact that no supporting evidence has been found for the animal transmission theory, whereas there has been quite a bit of circumstantial evidence for the Wuhan lab theory.

This shift in opinion, nonetheless, has come at a particularly bad time for Biden, given the report that he canceled Pompeo’s investigation.

And, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s recent statement that the World Health Organization (WHO) ought to be leading the investigation into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, and that the United States, ought to only be playing a supporting role, if any, didn’t help.

The about-face

Biden, on Wednesday, announced that he has asked the U.S. intelligence community to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have now asked the Intelligence Community to redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion, and to report back to me in 90 days,” Biden said.

Biden, during his announcement, also said that two “elements” of the U.S. intelligence community favored the animal transmission theory, whereas one “element” favored the Wuhan lab leak theory.

Biden’s announcement came roughly a day after the release of the report indicating that he canceled Pompeo’s investigation. Accordingly, it was a rather clear attempt to save face.

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