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House Intel Republicans urge ‘more pressure on China,’ claiming evidence suggests Wuhan lab leak 

 Good morning and welcome to Fox News First. Here's what you need to know as you start your day … House Intel Republicans urge ‘more pressure on China,’ claiming evidence suggests Wuhan lab leak EXCLUSIVE: Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee say there is "significant circumstantial evidence" that the coronavirus outbreak stemmed from a leak at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology. The lawmakers urged the federal government to put "more pressure on China" to allow for a "full, credible investigation" into the source of the global pandemic. Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and Republicans on the panel released a report Wednesday, first obtained by Fox News, saying it was "crucial for health experts and the U.S. government to understand how the COVID-19 virus originated" to prevent "or quickly mitigate future pandemics." Republicans pointed to China’s "history of research lab leaks resulting in infections," and warnings from U.S. diplomats in China as early as 2017 that the Wuhan lab was conducting "dangerous research" on coronaviruses without following "necessary safety protocols, risking the accidental outbreak of a pandemic." Republicans also pointed to public reports that "several researchers in the Wuhan lab were sickened with COVID-19-like symptoms" in Fall 2019, and the Chinese military’s "involvement in the Wuhan Lab." CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY. In other developments: Pompeo calls on China to release evidence disproving Wuhan lab leak theory: 'Come on, bring it' - Ex-New York Times health reporter: 'Lab leak' coronavirus theory looking stronger - Sources believe coronavirus outbreak originated in Wuhan lab as part of China's efforts to compete with US - Ingraham: We won the COVID debate, now get ready for 'impending' climate lockdowns Michigan's Whitmer should give notice on out-of-state travel, state Republicans say A bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature on Wednesday would require Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to notify lawmakers when she plans to travel out of the state The bill follows Whitmer’s controversial $27,521 Florida trip in March when she visited her ailing father but initially refused to give details about the trip. Bobby Leddy, the governor’s press secretary, claimed the legislation was politically motivated. "It would behoove the Legislature to read the Michigan Constitution, which clearly outlines a process to ensure that there is always an acting governor available to continue the functions of the state in case of an emergency," he said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "If the Legislature wants to waste their time playing games, that’s their own decision, but Gov. Whitmer is going to remain focused on ending this pandemic and putting Michigan back to work." CLICK HERE FOR MORE. n other developments: - Michigan Gov. Whitmer's controversial Florida trip subject of IRS complaint - Gretchen Whitmer's Florida trip: company that flew governor not authorized for charter flights, FAA says - Michigan's Whitmer paid $27,521 for Florida trip using mix of donor fund, own cash, aide says - Michigan Gov. Whitmer looking to shut down Enbridge pipeline during national gas shortage Rural Oregon counties look to join more conservative Idaho An effort to move nearly two dozen of Oregon’s most rural counties into the more conservative neighboring state of Idaho has gained momentum – with five counties voting this week in favor of having local officials consider the issue, according to reports.

 

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