In a first-of-its-kind action, 18 Republican attorneys general are calling on Congress to investigate the communist Chinese government’s role in the coronavirus pandemic. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson led the multi-state letter sent to the leadership of the U.S. House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees, Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader, and other congressional leaders, including the newly formed China Task Force. In the letter, the state attorneys general call for a congressional investigation into China for working with the World Health Organization to intentionally mislead the international community about the outbreak of the pandemic.
In the letter sent to congressional leaders, the attorneys general agree with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent statements that China engaged in a ‘classic communist disinformation effort.’ The letter states, “Recent reports suggest that the communist Chinese government willfully and knowingly concealed information about the severity of the virus while simultaneously stockpiling personal protective equipment.”
The Chinese government’s mishandling and deliberate deception has caused nearly 80,000 American deaths and severe economic hardships for millions of Americans. Republican attorneys general are holding communist China accountable for its deadly actions.
The letter by the 18-state coalition concludes, “We must all hold China accountable for the devastation and destruction caused by COVID-19. Tens of thousands have died from the virus and millions have lost their jobs. Countless businesses, both big and small, will perish and our states will grapple with tough economic decisions for years to come.”
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed the first lawsuit against China on April 21 citing a “campaign of deceit” on the part of the Chinese related to the outbreak of the pandemic. In addition, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch announced her decision to also file a lawsuit holding China accountable.
The state attorneys general from the following states signed onto the letter: South Carolina, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia.
Read the full letter sent to Congress here.