A February 2020 assertion signed by greater than two dozen scientists that claimed the coronavirus naturally jumped from humans to animals was “orchestrated” to harm then-President Donald Trump politically, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) charged Tuesday evening.
“This is the Russia dossier all over again,” Graham instructed Fox News’ “Hannity.” “This stinks to high heaven. This is lab-gate, China-gate, call it whatever you want to call it.”
Graham was referring to a message revealed within the British medical journal The Lancet that dismissed the theory that the virus by accident leaked out of a virology lab in Wuhan, China.
“We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin … Conspiracy theories do nothing but create fear, rumors, and prejudice that jeopardize our global collaboration in the fight against this virus,” learn the assertion, which was signed by 27 scientists.
Graham described the message as “political document shaming” Trump, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and others who espoused the so-called “lab leak theory” early within the pandemic.
“The media took it and ran, and it changed the course of the election,” Graham instructed host Sean Hannity. “Why? Because number one, the scientists are tied to this lab. They were covering their ass. They put out a letter not based on science, but a political document trying to destroy the credibility of people who suggested it came out of a lab.”
Vanity Fair reported last week that the Lancet assertion was organized by Peter Daszak, the president of EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit that funneled federal grant cash from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Last week, New York City microbiologist Peter Palese instructed The Daily Mail that he was not satisfied that the virus had a zoonotic origin.
“A lot of disturbing information has surfaced since the Lancet letter I signed,” Palese stated, “so I want to see answers covering all questions.”
“If Trump was right [about the lab leak theory], it would have changed the outcome of the 2020 election, I believe,” Graham stated. “And if we could have proven that early on in 2020 it was a lab leak coming from China, not occurring naturally, the public would want revenge against China, and who would they turn to, Biden or Trump?”
“I think this letter by these scientists was orchestrated by somebody to shoot down the idea of the lab leak because they were worried about their own ass being in the sling because of their relationship with China,” Graham concluded, “and I think there was a political motivation here to destroy Trump’s credibility.”
President Biden known as on the intelligence group final month to undertake a 90-day overview of all proof associated to the origin of the coronavirus.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that in May 2020, a classified report from a prime authorities laboratory concluded that the lab leak theory was believable and must be investigated additional. That report apparently went undiscovered for months till a State Department intelligence analyst found it that fall. The paper was used to impress the division’s personal investigation into the coronavirus origin, which was shut down by the Biden administration earlier this spring.