Coronavirus

Louisiana Attorney General Writes to Congress to Investigate China’s Role in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Louisiana Joins 18 states asking Congress to investigate China’s role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

From lives lost, to businesses destroyed, and unemployment at an all high here in the state, Louisiana General Attorney Jeff Landry says the government needs to hold those who are accountable for this pandemic.

“We deserve some answers,“ said Louisiana General Attorney Jeff Landry.

In a letter To the U.S. House and Senate Foreign Relations Committee and other Congressional leaders, the 18 Attorney Generals across the United stated have come together to voice their concern.

“Was there an opportunity to contain this virus at the very early stages of it?” said Landry. “f so why weren’t those steps taken?”

They are asking for Congressional Hearings to help better understand the origins of COVID-19 and efforts by the Chinese government.

“Look if you don’t know how this thing started and how it spread then the ability to contain future pandemics is in jeopardy,” said Landry. “History teaches us how to move forward and that’s what we’re doing here. We’re saying hey what is the history behind this pandemic?”

Attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia joined Wilson and Cameron in signing the letter.

“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,” wrote General Landry and his colleagues. “In what Secretary of State Pompeo has described as a ‘classic communist disinformation effort,’ the Chinese government, aided by the World Health Organization, appears to have intentionally misled the world over the last six months.”

Louisiana is also looking into legal matters against the country. 

“You’ve seen a lot of my colleagues take some legal action against China and the Chinese government,” said Landry. “Here in Louisiana, we are looking at it. We’ve been going through the law books and searching through legal theories and looking at evidence that we might have that might bring us towards litigation.“

Attorney general Landry says they hope to put pressure on the house leadership to take a step in the direction to get answers so the country can then choose what to do next.