The Biden State Department reportedly shut down the Trump administration’s investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic that was looking into the possibility that the virus was accidentally released from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The inquiry, which was being carried out by the State Department’s arms control and verification bureau, was launched at the request of former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Fox News reported.
The Biden administration quietly terminated the probe after being briefed on the team’s initial findings in February and March, according to Fox.
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 contractor leading the Trump administration’s investigation was David Asher, Fox reported.
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.”
Asher left the State Department at the end of the Trump administration, but helped to put together a memo on Jan. 15 that was released by Pompeo.
The memo stated that the Wuhan Institute of Virology collaborated on “secret projects” with China’s military, and that “despite the WIV presenting itself as a civilian institution, the United States has determined that the WIV has collaborated on publications and secret projects within China’s military” since “at least 2017.”
Asher told Fox News that “certainly the Chinese Communist Party engaged in a huge coverup over the stealth ability of COVID to transmit human-to-human.”
“The coverup continues via refusal to allow WHO access, accept CDC offers to assist, and simply tell the truth of this pandemic’s endemic dangerous, incessant and pernicious injurious traits, which has caused huge injury to the American people and citizens of the world, Chinese citizens included,” he said. “Does anyone sane doubt that?”
In an unmistakable jab at the Biden regime, Asher added that he doesn’t “know why the Biden team would doubt an effort to carry out a fair and accurate investigation into a subject that increasing numbers of leading scientists are now also calling to study.”
“At the State Department in the last months of the last administration we didn’t draw or assert any conclusions, but we worked successfully to reveal certain facts and raise significant questions about the clear plausibility of a lab leak origin,” Asher said. “This was a global public service, and it is good that experts and journalists are increasingly turning their own attention to the issue, albeit belatedly.”
Amid the increased calls for action, the Biden White House National Security Council has launched its own “investigation” into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Biden officials are also calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to further investigate the origins of the coronavirus. However, a joint study by the WHO and Chinese officials on the origins of the virus already concluded in March that humans likely became infected with the virus through bats, and that the lab leak theory was “extremely unlikely.”
Dr. Peter Daszak, a now infamous British zoologist and expert on disease ecology, was a member of WHO’s team of ten international experts investigating the outbreak.
The Fauci-led National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) allegedly funded a controversial type of research called “gain-of-function research” at the Wuhan Institute of Virology through Daszak’s global health and pandemic prevention nonprofit, EcoHealth Alliance. This “gain of function” research involved experiments that increased the ability of Sars-related bat coronaviruses to infect humans.
EcoHealth subcontracted the risky research to Dr Shi Zhengli, head of the infectious disease unit at the Wuhan lab. Gain-of-function research was banned for several years in the United States out of fear it could spark a pandemic, but Fauci’s NIAID appears to have gotten around that by laundering funding through Daszak’s organization.
Daszak was behind an early effort to label any reporting that suggested COVID-19 could have accidentally escaped from the Wuhan lab as “conspiracy theories.”
The scientist orchestrated a statement that was published in The Lancet medical journal in February of 2020, condemning any and all “conspiracy theories” that suggest the virus doesn’t have a natural origin.
Now a group of top scientists from around the world are pushing back on the WHO’s conclusion that it is “extremely unlikely” COVID-19 leaked from a Wuhan lab, saying in an open letter that the theory is “viable” and deserves “a proper investigation.”
Eighteen prominent scientists, including a Harvard University epidemiologist and a Stanford University microbiologist, are calling for a “transparent” and “data-driven” probe into the origins of the pandemic that has killed more than 3.34 million people worldwide as of Friday.
“Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover both remain viable,” the scientists wrote in a letter published earlier this month in the journal Science.
“Knowing how COVID-19 emerged is critical for informing global strategies to mitigate the risk of future outbreaks.”
The Biden administration is now purportedly calling for WHO and China to be more transparent and to provide more data and information to U.S. officials about the research at the Wuhan lab.
“We’re hopeful that we can move into a more transparent, independent phase two investigation,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday, calling for “access to the underlying data and information.”
“An international investigation led by the World Health Organization is something that we’ve actually been pressing for for several months in coordination with a range of partners around the world,” Psaki continued. “We need that data. We need that information from the Chinese government. What we can’t do, and what I would caution anyone from doing is leaping ahead of an actual international process.”
Fauci, meanwhile, who denied for months that his NIAID funded gain-of-function research in China, admitted when questioned about it during a Senate hearing on Wednesday, that “there’s no way of guaranteeing” American taxpayer money didn’t help fund “gain-of-function” research at the Wuhan lab.