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Nunes, top Republican on House Intel committee, says ‘everything is pointing to the Wuhan lab’

"We have a lot of circumstantial evidence that points to a lab leak," Nunes said.

Updated: May 20, 2021 - 2:00pm

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California Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence committee, said Thursday the COVID-19 virus origins most likely point to the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab in China.

"We have a lot of circumstantial evidence that points to a lab leak," Nunes said on "Just the News AM." "Obviously, we have our suspicions that everything is pointing to the Wuhan lab."

His committee's report, released Wednesday, compiled evidence from the State Department and media sources detailing how U.S. diplomats in China referenced unsafe conditions in the Wuhan lab, a possible blackout at the lab in 2019 and several researchers getting sick with COVID-like symptoms.

The report also mentioned another incident in 2004 about a viral leak in a lab in Beijing similar to the coronavirus.

He told show host Sophie Mann there was very little evidence pointing to "some Chinese dude that ate a bat at a wet market," referring to the Chinese government's explanation about how the virus that has killed roughly 3.4 million people worldwide started.

Nunes said that it's time to end the politicization of the coronavirus, arguing that when the pandemic started in March 2020, Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and the mainstream media accused Republicans of racism of claiming the virus originated from China.

"Right when this virus had started and the accusations that somehow Republicans were racist, and that we were going against people that happened to be from Asia, Nancy Pelosi was in San Francisco encouraging people to come out to the streets to not be afraid, well, wow how times have changed."

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