Say, How Is That Intelligence Review into COVID’s Origins Coming Along?

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Avril Haines speaks during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, D.C., January 19, 2021. (Joe Raedle/Reuters)

Our Jimmy Quinn has a heck of a scoop, reporting that Republicans on the House Foreign Affairs Committee are issuing a report that concludes, “the preponderance of evidence suggests SARS-CoV-2 was accidentally released from a Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory sometime prior to September 12, 2019.” “Preponderance of evidence” is a legal term indicating that there is a greater than 50 percent chance that the claim is true.

One wonders if House Republicans wanted to get their assessment of the available evidence out in front of the public in time to be either confirmed or contradicted by the Biden administration’s upcoming updated analysis.

Back on May 26, President Biden asked the intelligence community to redouble its efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring them closer to a definitive conclusion about the origin of COVID-19, and to report back to him in 90 days. Ninety days from May 26 is Tuesday, August 24.

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