Origins Fred Keller to Newsmax: 'We Need to Get to the Bottom' of COVID-19 Origins

June 1, 2021
In The News

Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pa., told Newsmax on Tuesday that Congress should hold “hearings” into the origins of COVID-19 and whether China has been dishonest about it.

Keller told “American Agenda” that he and his colleagues would “like to see hearings. I'd like to see hearings in the House this week [to] get down to the bottom of what happened and how COVID-19 got released, not just upon the American people, but upon the world and really has caused a lot of harm. The Chinese Communist Party has not been truthful or honest on anything, most of all this virus, in the past year and a half, and we need to get to the bottom of it.” 

When asked how he would prove these allegations, Keller said: “I'm optimistic that Congress would be able to have the resources, [the] United States government be able to offer resources to get the proper people in the room and get down to… who were the first scientists that came down with this in 2019? Why would they [be] silenced? Why was it a year ago when anybody discussed the possibility of this coming out of the Wuhan lab… why was that considered to be fake news and other things and people were dismissed and ridiculed because of that idea now, all of a sudden that's it. That's a real distinct possibility. We need get to the bottom of it so we can hold China accountable and we can make sure this doesn't happen to us again.”

Keller also said that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Peter Daszak, the president of the organization EcoHealth Alliance, are “at the top of our list,” for testimony.

“When we look at getting to the bottom of what's happened here, you know, and also looking at bringing in anybody from the World Health Organization that could help us shed some light on this, needs to be done,” he said. “We need to make sure that we find out what happened, and to be honest, we [feel] like it should happen. It should be a congressional investigation. It should be congressional hearings because we've already known that the Biden administration has shown they're not going to be tough on China. We saw that happen when they were in Alaska, and they were… linking up in Alaska, and they did nothing to fight back on this.” 

The congressman said, “So, I think Congress needs to take the lead.”