Sen. Lindsey Graham Calls for Sanctions Against China If They Don’t Cooperate on COVID-19 Origin Probe

By Melanie Arter | June 4, 2021 | 10:15am EDT
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a hearing looking into the budget estimates for National Institute of Health (NIH) and the state of medical research on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 26, 2021. (Photo by SARAH SILBIGER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during a hearing looking into the budget estimates for National Institute of Health (NIH) and the state of medical research on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on May 26, 2021. (Photo by SARAH SILBIGER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday called for sanctions against China if they don’t cooperate with the international community in determining the origins of the coronavirus.

Graham told Fox News’s “Hannity” that he found it “stunning” that Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), believes it’s not in China’s interest to lie about the lab leak theory.


Host Sean Hannity wondered why the United States would give a penny to China and the Wuhan Lab of Virology.

“Number one, it seems to me China has a lot of money. They can pay for their own research, but the most stunning thing out of your monologue to me was the idea that Dr. Fauci does not believe that it is in China's interest to lie about the leak in their lab. The person from NBC asking, isn't it in their interest to lie to the world and not admit it came from their lab, because it would make them look terrible?” Graham said.

“If you can't figure that out, then you’ve got a real problem on your hands. Candor and openness and transparency do not go in the same sentence when it comes to China. So what to do? Call Dr. Fauci before the Senate and the House. Allow the people in the State Department who were silenced about pushing the lab leak theory to have their say,” the senator said.

“Hold those responsible who shut down this conversation. Make sure they are fired, and get to the bottom of what happened, and finally, introduce sanctions bipartisan against China if they don't cooperate with the international community. They will never tell you the truth until they are made to do so,” he said.

Graham said it reminds him of the Steele dossier targeting former President Donald Trump. 

“This is why we need to call Dr. Fauci before the Congress. Doesn't this remind you a little bit about the dossier? They knew it was bad, and they kept-- why? Okay they knew it was bad, but they had an outcome they wanted which was to blame Trump, right?” he said.

“They shut down the idea that it could have came from the lab, because the Chinese scientists will never admit to that, because it makes them look incompetent, and the American scientists who have a working relationship with the Chinese scientists, it would make them look incompetent. We need somebody outside the science world to get to the bottom of this, and I think this is a job for Congress,” Graham said.

MRC Store