in a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Mike Braun asked Secretary of State Antony Blinken about the State Department probe into the lab leak hypothesis of the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic that Biden administration officials ended earlier this year.
Senator Braun’s questions noted the Wall Street Journal’s reporting today that a U.S. national lab conducted a study in May 2020 that found the lab leak hypothesis was plausible and required further investigation.
Senator Braun pressed Secretary Blinken on if he supports declassifying all U.S. intelligence related to the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab and the coronavirus. Senator Braun’s bill with Senator Josh Hawley to force the administration to declassify this information passed the Senate unanimously last month.
Senator Braun also pressed Secretary Blinken on what tools President Biden will use to pressure China into cooperating with the international community on investigating the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.