Republican lawmakers responded to a news report saying that the U.S. Energy Department had concluded the lab leak theory was “likely,” saying that the finding supports what many have long suspected.
"So the government caught up to what Real America knew all along," Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) wrote in a Twitter post on Sunday.
The responses came as GOP lawmakers ramp up investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and allegations of government-big tech censorship of the debate.
The Energy Department was previously undecided on the issue but now joins the FBI in corroborating the lab leak hypothesis, according to the report. Several people who have read the report said the Department's judgment was made with "low confidence,” the Journal reported.
FauciSome lawmakers also accused Anthony Fauci, former head of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), of colluding with big tech companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, and censoring stories about the lab leak theory via what these companies describe as a crackdown on "misinformation."
"Americans knew this from Day One," Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) wrote on Twitter on Sunday. "Unfortunately, Big Tech and Big Government silenced them."
"More evidence continues to mount that COVID came from the Wuhan lab. We’ve uncovered emails showing Dr. Fauci was warned that the virus looked man-made & came from a lab, but he may have acted to cover it up. Why? We need answers & accountability," wrote the official Twitter account of the House Oversight Republican Committee.
Additional ResponsesRepublican lawmakers such as Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) took issue with what he described as a lack of transparency in government investigations related to the origins of COVID-19.
"The American people deserve the full truth about #covid origins. No more whitewash. I will again introduce legislation to make the US government’s intelligence reports on covid open to the people," Hawley wrote.
Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) echoed Hawley's view.
"The elites and academics owe everyone who had legitimate questions and concerns about the origins of COVID an apology," Buck wrote in a Twitter post. "The American people deserve to see all the information concerning the Chinese lab leak and the origins of COVID. This won’t be forgotten."
Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) says the United States should focus on the further implications of the report, namely, the need for the U.S. government to act to hold the Chinese regime accountable for the pandemic.
"Re. China’s lab leak, being proven right doesn’t matter," Cotton wrote in a Twitter post. "What matters is holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable so this doesn’t happen again."
Another GOP lawmaker expressed skepticism about the intention behind the Energy Department's report.
The Epoch Times contacted the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy for comment.