The Biden administration quietly cleared former President Donald Trump on the Russian bounties hoax and coronavirus origin recently, vindicating Trump after years of accusations.
“The United States intelligence community assesses with low to moderate confidence that Russian intelligence officers sought to encourage Taliban attacks U.S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan in 2019 and perhaps earlier,” a senior official reported according to The Daily Beast.
The report first popularized following a June 2020 account in The New York Times. The article alleged a Russian military intelligence unit had privately offered to pay bounties to Afghanistan soldiers to kill American soldiers.
The Hill reported, “The intelligence was reportedly included in written material given to Trump known as the President’s Daily Brief, but Trump denied he was ever briefed.”
Regarding the origin of the COVID-19 virus, former Centers for Disease Control director, Robert Redfield, has advocated the lab-leak theory. In a March CNN interview he said he was “of the point of view that I still think the most likely etiology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory.”
World Health Organization (WHO) Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus remains more cautious: “Although the team has concluded that a laboratory leak is the least likely hypothesis, this requires further investigation, potentially with additional missions involving specialist experts, which I am ready to deploy.”
In both cases, the evidence points toward China as the origin location of the coronavirus.
The Biden administration may not issue Trump an apology, but their changes on these two issues reveal inaccuracies that are finally being acknowledged. The evidence highlights two of many occasions media reports made accusations against the former president that were outright lies.