Congress has officially passed a bill aimed at forcing the White House to declassify intelligence reports on the true origins of the Covid-19 virus, with the House on Friday unanimously passing its version of the Senate bill which also passed with unanimous consent last week.
As the New York Post reports, the 419-0 decision will send the measure to the desk of Joe Biden, who has not yet indicated his stance on vetoing the legislation.
If signed by Biden, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines will be required to declassify “any and all information relating to potential links between the Wuhan Institute of Virology” and Covid-19, as well as “make available to the public as much information as possible” regarding its origin.
According to Republican House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner, the legislation is aimed at helping the public understand “why the FBI director has indicated that a COVID-19 lab leak is not just a possibility, but approaches the idea that is likely.”
“[The information provides] a unique insight as to what was happening at biosafety level laboratory in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and early 2020,” Turner added during a Tuesday hearing on the subject. “The laboratory and who was working there might be the key to unraveling the truth.”
In February, the US Department of Energy (DOE) joined the FBI in suspecting that Covid leaked from a Wuhan, China lab after discovering “new intelligence.”