The debate about COVID-19’s origin seems very similar to the controversy involving the now-discredited Steele dossier, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday in an opinion column.
Graham, in a Fox News op-ed, also said scientists’ early dismissals of suggestions the coronavirus pandemic could be the result of a leak at a Chinese laboratory played a role in President Joe Biden winning the 2020 election. Former President Donald Trump was an early proponent of investigating the lab leak theory.
The Steele dossier led to an investigation into alleged ties between Russia and Trump, and the probe acted as a cloud over the Trump presidency for much of its four years.
Graham questioned if scientists seeking the origin of coronavirus have followed the same path as former FBI agents Lisa Page and Peter Strzok in the Russia investigation – pursuing an outcome, not following the facts.
“As more facts come to light, we are now learning it does appear the science was compromised, and there may have been a ‘Deep State’ science department which put an outcome – dismissal of the lab leak theory – over science,” said Graham, who added that scientists’ dismissal of the lab leak theory affected voters’ thinking last year.
“Americans would have demanded a tougher line against the Chinese communist regime and would have been looking for a Commander in Chief to lead the charge. There is no doubt in my mind this would have benefited President Trump much more than Joe Biden.”
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