lawmakers are demanding that President Joe Biden declassify documents related to the origins of COVID-19, in particular federal investigations into the matter.
The Senate passed a bill by unanimous consent that would require Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to declassify documents related to COVID’s origins. Republicans have a majority in the House, giving the legislation a chance, but whether Biden would sign it is in doubt.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked directly about the bill at a press briefing, but she wouldn’t answer, saying she would not “get ahead of the President.”
“It shouldn’t take an act of Congress to force the administration to help uncover the truth around one of the most important public health questions of our time,” U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Cathy Rodgers, R-Wash., Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chair Morgan Griffith, R-VA., Subcommittee on Health Chair Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., and Subcommittee on Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Chair Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., said in a joint statement.
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