The Assertion That US Intel Doesn't Believe the Lab Leak Theory Is Credible Was Just Shot Down by Biden

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Over the last few weeks, as RedState has covered extensively, the theory that the coronavirus pandemic could have originated via a lab leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology has gone from a tinfoil hat conspiracy theory to something that many in the legacy media and on Capitol Hill believe should be investigated.

On Tuesday CNN broke the story that then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo started an inquiry into the lab leak theory in fall 2020, but that it “quickly became mired in internal discord” and was terminated by Biden officials after they “were briefed on the team’s draft findings in February and March of this year….Questions were raised about the legitimacy of the findings and the project was deemed to be an ineffective use of resources, explained a source familiar with the decision.”

As we’ve come to learn during the brief time Biden’s people have been running the show, yesterday’s position is not necessarily today’s position. Biden said Wednesday morning that US intelligence officials were torn between two likely origin scenarios and that he had asked them to “redouble” their efforts to find out what the heck happened and asserted that in early 2020 he’d “called for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ‘to get access to China to learn about the virus so we could fight it more effectively.'” Incredibly, he’s now claiming that failure to get “on the ground in those early months will always hamper any investigation into the origin of COVID-19.”

“Nevertheless, shortly after I became President, in March, I had my National Security Advisor task the Intelligence Community to prepare a report on their most up-to-date analysis of the origins of COVID-19, including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident,” Biden said, noting that he received that report earlier this month, and asked for “additional follow-up.”

“As of today, the U.S. Intelligence Community has ‘coalesced around two likely scenarios’ but has not reached a definitive conclusion on this question,” Biden explained. “Here is their current position: ‘while two elements in the IC leans toward the former scenario and one leans more toward the latter – each with low or moderate confidence – the majority of elements do not believe there is sufficient information to assess one to be more likely than the other.’”

Someone better tell Peter Daszak that the messaging line has been updated.

Given Dr. Fauci’s admission Wednesday to Sen. John Kennedy that he couldn’t guarantee that NIH funding hadn’t ended up supporting gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the way Team Biden attempted to get ahead of any disclosure that they’d shut down the very investigation they’re now calling for… well, let’s just say that some interesting times are surely ahead.