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Josh Hawley says ‘accountability’ is next after Biden signs COVID declassification bill

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Following President Joe Biden’s move to sign into legislation a law which orders the federal government to declassify intelligence reports,  Sen. Josh Hawley R-MI), promised “accountability” to federal bureaucrats. 

The COVID-19 Origin Act of 2023 will permit the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to declassify intelligence related to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is where many people believe COVID came from.

“Today President Biden finally signed my bill to declassify what the government knows about Covid origins. Let the people see for themselves!” Hawley, R-Mo., wrote on Twitter.

Hawley went on to say: “Huge victory for transparency. Now it’s time for accountability.”

Several senators have also demanded to know what knowledge the federal government had in early 2020 when COVID-19 spread nationwide.

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Rep. Mike Gallagher, who is Chairman of the newly-formed House Select Committee on China, said that significant chunks of information relating to COVID’s origins are still unknown.

 “The question of how this pandemic began is the most important question in the world, and we should not continue to waste precious time waiting for the Chinese Communist Party to suddenly cooperate with U.S. officials and open up access to the Wuhan Institute of Virology” Gallagher went onto say.

“It’s been three years since COVID-19 upended our lives, and we’re still asking basic questions about the origins of this virus. That’s unacceptable,” he previously told Fox News Digital.

After signing the legislation, President said his administration would share “as much” as possible without compromising national security.

“My Administration will continue to review all classified information relating to COVID–19’s origins, including potential links to the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Biden said in a statement. “In implementing this legislation, my Administration will declassify and share as much of that information as possible, consistent with my constitutional authority to protect against the disclosure of information that would harm national security.”

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