WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, Republican members of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis along with full Oversight Committee Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) called on World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to testify to under oath following revelations that WHO provided false information to Congress about China’s actions related to the pandemic.

In response to an April letter from Oversight Republicans, in June the WHO told the Committee that Chinese officials reported on December 31, 2019, a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan. However, the organization contradicted this claim last week when it quietly updated its official timeline revealing WHO learned about the virus from a U.S. website, rather than the Chinese government.

“This revelation demands your complete and forthright response to the Committee’s previous request and sworn testimony before the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis (the Select Subcommittee). Until you appear under oath, America and the world will not know the origins of this crisis,” the lawmakers wrote to Tedros.

More highlights from the letter:

“By refusing to disclose the truth, you have shielded China from accountability. Your public statements regarding the initial outbreak coupled with the WHO website and your June 15 letter to this Committee demonstrate an endorsement of the CCP propaganda efforts to cover up the origins of this virus and mislead the world.”

“Since the beginning of this crisis, the WHO’s negligence and lack of transparency resulted in a loss of faith in your ability to contain this and future pandemics. This culminated with President Trump announcing the withdrawal of the United States’ voluntary WHO contributions on May 29, 2020 and officially notifying the U.S. Congress and the United Nations of the withdrawal on July 7, 2020.12 Unequivocally, no organization should receive American taxpayer dollars that refuses to tell the truth and is unaccountable to the nations it serves.”

“This new information necessitates your immediate response. We renew our April 9, 2020 request for the briefing and all the documents and communications … Please provide the previously requested briefing, documents, communications, and confirm, in writing, the requested individual’s attendance for transcribed interviews by July 15, 2020.”

Read the full text of the letter here.

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