White House officials considering plans to make China pay for the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic that has infected thousands and killed hundreds in America.
The Daily Caller reported officials at the White House said on condition of anonymity that senior officials have been briefed on the idea of holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable.
“The White House confirmed to the Daily Caller they are aware of the effort but declined to comment when asked about potential executive action on the issue. Several of President Donald Trump’s top out-of-government advisers are also aware of the effort,” the report said.
One adviser said such punishment “can unite our country against a common enemy,” and another expressed personal support, the report said.
Meanwhile, the Berman Law Group in partnership with the Lucas/Compton lobbying and public affairs firm has filed suit, citing misinformation that has been spread by the Chinese government over the beginning of the virus, apparently in Wuhan, China.
It accuses the government of “acting from their own economic self-interest and looking to protect their place as a super-power.” In that regard, the Communist Party in China “failed to report the outbreak as quickly as they could have,” the complaint says.
The Daily Caller said all members of Congress will be sent a detailed brief about this suit.
The Daily Caller said the Berman Law Group “is advised by Francis Biden, brother to former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden, while Lucas/Compton employs George Sorial, a longtime Trump ally. The team leading the suit believes it’s important to petition both political parties across the whole of government to champion the cause if it has any real chance of making China pay for coronavirus fallout.”
Members of Congress already have called for an investigation into allegations that China covered up the coronavirus until it was raging out of control.
Another lawsuit has been launched in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas by Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch.
The complaint demands $20 trillion in damages.
The class-action filing seeks damages for the spread of the virus from the city of Wuhan around the world, forcing unprecedented restrictions on public life that could trigger economic recession or even depression.
Klayman’s complaint was filed against China, the People’s Liberation Army, the Wuhan Institute of Virology and several individuals.
Klayman said the lawsuit is not for political reasons but to aid the victims.
The objective, he said, is to “have a jury award damages to the victims of China’s release of the COVID-19 virus, which has already killed many Americans, exposed huge numbers of others to death and harm, caused extreme emotional distress to loved ones and friends, and is on the verge of causing a near total stock market and economic collapse.”
“There is no reason why the American taxpayer should, contrary to the [will of the] establishment in Washington, D.C., have to pay for the tremendous harm caused by the Chinese government. The Chinese people are a good people, but their government is not and it must be made to pay dearly. The huge relief package now likely to pass in Congress will further bankrupt the nation and We the People must ourselves take legal matters into our own hands,” he said.
“The Chinese government and its officials are not immune from suit, as biological weapons are not just outlawed by international conventions, but are in effect a terrorist weapon, that are developed to destroy civilian populations,” he said.
He urged Americans who want to join the class-action suit to sign up at Freedom Watch’s website
That complaint states: “This is a complaint for damages and equitable relief arising out of the creation and release, accidental or otherwise, of a variation of coronavirus known as COVID-19 by the People’s Republic of China and its agencies and officials as a biological weapon in violation of China’s agreements under international treaties, and recklessly or otherwise allowing its release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology into the city of Wuhan, China, in Hubei Province, by among other acts failing to prevent the institute’s personnel from becoming infected with the bioweapon and carrying it into the surrounding community and proliferation into the United States.”