Monday, former Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) renewed his call for an investigation of a Chinese coverup of the coronavirus. Following the devastating Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Congress held a lengthy series of hearings investigating what happened and why the U.S. Navy and Army commanders on the island were so unprepared for the attack, which devastated the American Pacific fleet. Sessions is calling for a similar effort by Congress to investigate the Chinese and the information that was coming out of the Chinese Communist regime in December and January when they were the first nation to be infected with the coronavirus global pandemic.
“The Chinese communist government has been lying to its own people and to the world,” Sessions charged. “The Chinese response to the Wuhan Virus was not mere inaction or incompetence, but a malicious and intentional effort to cover-up the outbreak and prevent the world from taking it seriously until it was too late to stop the spread. Worse yet, the Chinese communist government continues to lie about the virus today. They must be held accountable, and we must get to the bottom of exactly what they knew, when they knew it, and the actions they took that plunged the world into this pandemic.”
“Today, I am renewing my call for the creation of a Select Committee of Congress to investigate the origins and cover-up of the Wuhan Virus,” Sessions explained. “We have used similar committees in the past at pivotal moments in our nation’s history, including after the attack on Pearl Harbor, after the Watergate scandal, after the Iran-Contra Affair, and others. The seriousness of this preventable global pandemic calls for an equally serious response.”
An investigation may uncover the truth of the matter; but Sessions wants to go even farther than that.
“But a serious investigation is not the end: It is the beginning,” Sessions said. “Once we discover the truth and forever set the record straight about China’s actions, we will then be able to take stern action to hold the Chinese government accountable.”
Sessions made a number of charges about Chinese mishandling of the crisis, which became a global pandemic.
“On January 1, Chinese authorities arrested eight medical professionals in Wuhan who tried heroically to warn their colleagues and the world about the Wuhan Virus,” Sessions continued. “The Chinese authorities forced them to sign statements saying their warnings were false rumors. At least one of those doctors has since died of the Wuhan Virus.”
Sessions outlines his case:
On January 14, Chinese authorities told the World Health Organization (WHO) that there was no human-to-human transmission of the Wuhan Virus. The WHO amplified to the world. The Associated Press has obtained Chinese government documents showing that by this time the Chinese government already knew this to be false and had begun to secretly buy up global stockpiles of medical supplies, including personal protection equipment, PPE.
In February, two Chinese researchers at the South China University of Technology published a paper that concluded the Wuhan Virus probably leaked from a Chinese bio lab in Wuhan, China. That paper has since been withdrawn and this story is being censored by Chinese officials.
On April 1, Bloomberg News reported that U.S. intelligence believes that China had intentionally faked its virus infection and death numbers and continues to do so.
Last week, Homeland Security reported that while the Chinese government was telling the world that the virus was under control, it was secretly cutting exports of medical supplies and hoarding gloves, masks, and other medical supplies from other countries.
Sessions added that this weekend, a leaked intelligence report by the ‘Five Eyes’ (a key intelligence partnership between the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) concluded that China knew the Wuhan Virus was a contagion at least as early as early December 2019, yet continued to claim that it wasn’t until January 19, 2020.
In March, a University of Southampton study concluded that, had China revealed the full scope of the Wuhan Virus and the world had taken appropriate action even three weeks earlier, 95 percent of the infections could have been prevented.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on ABC’s This Week: ‘We can confirm that the Chinese Communist Party did all that it could do to make sure that the world didn’t learn in a timely fashion about what was taking place.’
“Whether China’s goal in covering up the Wuhan Virus was merely to save face, to deprive the world of critical medical supplies, or something even more nefarious, its actions and brutal censorship are unacceptable for any respectable nation,” Sessions added. “We must know exactly what they did and what they planned to do.”
The global pandemic has already killed 252.396 people.
Sessions is a former U.S. Attorney General, Alabama Attorney General, U.S. Attorney, and he served 20 years in the U.S. Senate until 2017.
Sessions is a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. He faces former Auburn head football Coach Tommy Tuberville in the Republican primary runoff on July 14. The winner will face incumbent Sen. Doug Jones (D-Alabama) in the November general election.