Kevin McCarthy says he'll probe COVID-19 origins and investigate allegations that the Bidens have made millions from deals with China if the GOP wins the House in 2022

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says he will set up a committee to "investigate the origins of COVID" if the Republicans were to win the House in 2022.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy wants to set up a "committee on China" if the GOP takes the House in 2022.

  • McCarthy said this committee would, among other things, investigate the origins of COVID-19.

  • He also said GOP may investigate claim that the Bidens made millions from China while he was VP.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he would set up a committee on China to investigate the origins of COVID-19 if the Republicans were to take a majority in Congress in 2022.

"When we take the majority, we will create that committee on China, and it will be a bipartisan committee, so you will have one American voice on how we can compete where China comes in and captures the critical minerals when they come in and capture our medical supply and others," said McCarthy this weekend on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures."

McCarthy added that a GOP majority in the House would probe whether the Biden family made millions in dealings with the Chinese government while Biden was vice president. He cited a claim by Peter Schweizer, president of the conservative think tank Government Accountability Institute, that the Bidens have benefited from Chinese funds.

In a January 23 interview on the Fox News talk show "Life, Liberty & Levin," Schweizer said that the Biden family received "some $31 million from Chinese individuals who are linked to the highest levels of Chinese intelligence" while Joe Biden was vice president.

"We might have to go further. You might just have to be able to have a further investigation just within this family. What are they doing, and where did this money come from?" McCarthy told the show's host, Maria Bartiromo. "You take the actions of the Democrats — I do not know what China has on these people, but it must be so powerful because the actions at every turn stop and harm us but protect China."

Rumors have long persisted that Biden made large sums of money in deals with China. However, according to a CNN fact check of those claims: "There is no evidence Joe Biden has received large sums of money from China or has otherwise gained wealth as a result of his son's business dealings abroad."

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

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