Allow DOJ to Investigate China for Coronavirus Bioweapon
Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) joined Tuesdayâs edition of SiriusXMâs Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow to discuss his proposed legislation to allow the Department of Justice to investigate China for potential release of a biological weapon reaching American soil.
Entitled the âStop COVID Act to Hold China Accountable for Coronavirus Pandemic,â Goodenâs proposed bill would amend the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act to allow the Justice Department to investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation would also grant jurisdiction to U. S. courts over the matter, allowing the Justice Department to file claims against the Chinese Communist Party in America.
Gooden explained, âThe bill that I filed on Friday amends the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act, which was passed in the 1970s that said you canât sue a foreign government [and] canât investigate a foreign government in American courts. This says with exception to bioweapons potentially being released that we can actually investigate â the DOJ can investigate the origins of this virus â and if itâs China thatâs responsible for getting it here, then weâll deal with that.â
Gooden continued, âIf itâs an accident and China is not at fault, maybe this really just was some freak nature event â unlikely, but maybe it was â then China still lied to us since day one about the deaths. We were underprepared, because China didnât communicate how serious this was, and even last week they admitted that the death counts were off.â
âThe Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act â¦ was passed to prevent frivolous lawsuits,â explained Gooden. âIt basically said you canât go and sue another nation in American courts, and the idea was if someone was annoyed with a government of any nation, then our courts would just be full of ridiculous lawsuits.â
International bodies such as the Word Health Organization and United Nations have been corrupted by authoritarian foreign states such as for instance China, noted Gooden.
Gooden stated, âNo one takes seriously any international body these days, because theyâre infected and taken over by propaganda machines of the likes of China and Russia. So they have no teeth, and the thinking here is the U.S. government at the very least should be able to move forward with an investigation so we can figure out the origins of this virus, and if the facts lead us there, hold [China] accountable.â
Gooden remarked, âOne one on the Earth believes the Chinaâs only had 3,500 deaths in five months while weâve had 10,000 deaths in the last month.â
American press outlets often frame Chinese state propaganda as accurate information. Gooden observed, â? **************************************************************************) fact that the left-wing media â? even truly the non left-wing media, just the media in general â? just accept what China says is stunning to me, because I donât know anyone with a brain which in fact believes China is telling the reality on these numbers. Had they been telling the truth straight back in December when this allegedly all started, then the world would have taken action much earlier. These flight bans would have taken hold around the world, not merely when the president put them out.
Gooden recalled Joe Biden callingÂ President Donald Trumpâs implementation of travel bans on China âxenophobic.â
Holding China accountable will likely grow in importance as an issue relevant to the 2020 presidential election, predicted Gooden.
âI have to believe that this will be a theme in the election, and a campaign issue between the president, whoever it is, because I feel like Americans are going to want to hold someone accountable. I donât think theyâre going to blame Donald Trump for the loss of American lives.â
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