(Patriot.Buzz) – For its involvement in a coverup scheme on the true origins of COVID-19, a conservative group initiated legal action against a federal agency for ignoring a request for information on a critical matter that affects national security.

The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project filed a lawsuit after the CIA failed to respond to their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking information about the CIA’s team investigating the origins of COVID-19.

The request stems from the lab leak theory, which suggests the virus may have originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, rather than through natural animal-to-human transmission.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and outlines five claims against the CIA. Heritage’s FOIA request included a comprehensive demand for records from when the COVID-19 Discovery Team was set up, including all related communications and any financial incentives provided to team members.

Heritage is seeking a court order compelling the CIA to release all relevant records not exempt from their FOIA request and to reimburse Heritage for associated legal expenses.

This legal action follows a whistleblower’s September revelation, brought to the attention of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, alleging that six CIA agents on the COVID discovery team received monetary incentives to refute the lab leak theory.

Republican Senators Rand Paul, Lindsey Graham, Rick Scott, and Ron Johnson have sought clarity on these allegations, requesting information from CIA Director William Burns.

The FBI and Department of Energy concluded that the virus likely originated from a Wuhan lab specializing in bat coronaviruses. A July report by the COVID subcommittee accused former NIAID Director Anthony Fauci of leading efforts to undermine the lab leak hypothesis.

Furthermore, new evidence released in March suggested Fauci’s involvement in publishing a key paper to discredit lab leak supporters. The CIA reportedly involved Fauci in its lab leak investigation, allegedly without maintaining records of his involvement, as revealed by the subcommittee in September.

Anthony Fauci is scheduled for a two-day testimony before the committee in January regarding these matters.