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SHOCKING: Grassley Letter to Barr Shows National Security Risks and Evidence of Crimes

Senator Grassley sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr in early November 2020 and demanded information about Hunter Biden’s connections to an energy company that was linked to the Chinese Communist Party, and demanded answers by late November.

The following are excerpt from the 7 page letter, with links to the full letter below.

VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION
The Honorable William Barr
Attorney General
United States Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. 20220


Dear Attorney General Barr:


For several years, in both the Obama and Trump administrations, I have conducted oversight of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) lax and selective enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)


In April 2015, I began my FARA oversight activities and, as Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, I held a FARA oversight hearing in July 2017.

Based on the findings of my oversight activities, I’ve also introduced the bipartisan Foreign Agents Disclosure and Registration Enhancement Act (S.1762) to shore up the law.2

FARA is an important statute that was designed not to prohibit activity but rather to require individuals to register with the DOJ if they are acting as an agent of a foreign government or enterprise to influence U.S. policy or public opinion. This helps ensure transparency and accountability in the public policy arena. FARA is a content-neutral law and does not require
any entity or individual to refrain from certain types of speech or activities. Proper enforcement of, and compliance with, FARA remains a top priority of mine as foreign governments and enterprises continue to use agents within the United States as conduits to lobby for policy changes and engage in public relations activity for the benefit of foreign principals.
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Sometimes, however, certain relationships appear to operate outside of FARA’s transparency requirements and spirit. For example, based on recently released emails, texts, and my recent report with Senator Johnson on conflicts of interest relating to Hunt Biden’s financial activities and those of his business associates, it appears that he and his uncle, James Biden, had significant connections to CEFC China Energy Co. Ltd. (CEFC).
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The records also show that CEFC was an extension of the Chinese government and that CEFC intended to alter U.S. policy and public opinion to its benefit and that the Chinese government would be the principal beneficiary of those actions. The apparent relationships came to light not through proper FARA registration but only through the work of my oversight activities and through recent media revelations.

Recall Last month, an associate of Hunter Biden’s was arrested and charged with three years in jail:

(Back to Grassley’s letter)

“Recently released emails relating to Hunter Biden, James Biden, and their business associates show their close financial and business relationship with CEFC and Ye Jianming. Ye Jianming is a Chinese national, chairman of CEFC, and a frequent figure in Hunter Biden’s financial dealings in China. Based on public reports that were available in 2015, when his
contact with Hunter Biden began to ramp up, Ye was a founder of CEFC and chairman of the board for its subsidiary, the China Energy Fund Committee.


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Although CEFC reportedly remained a private company until state-owned enterprises assumed control of it in 2018,
reporting in 2017 indicated that it received financing from the China Development Bank, “hir a number of former top officials from state-owned energy companies,” and had “layers of Communist Party committees across its subsidiaries — more than at many private Chinese companies.”

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My recent report with Senator Johnson also showed that Ye had connections not just to the communist party in China, but also China’s People’s Liberation Army, the armed forces of the Chinese communist party.

Recall this week, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo called out China’s People’s Liberations Army, with Trump’s 2018 Executive Order.


(Back to Grassley’s letter)

Recently released emails relating to Hunter Biden, James Biden, and their business associates show their close financial and business relationship with CEFC and Ye Jianming. Ye Jianming is a Chinese national, chairman of CEFC, and a frequent figure in Hunter Biden’s financial dealings in China. Based on public reports that were available in 2015, when his contact with Hunter Biden began to ramp up, Ye was a founder of CEFC and chairman of the board for its subsidiary, the China Energy Fund Committee.

Although CEFC reportedly remained a private company until state-owned enterprises assumed control of it in 2018, reporting in 2017 indicated that it received financing from the China Development Bank, “hired a number of former top officials from state-owned energy companies,” and had “layers of Communist Party committees across its subsidiaries — more than at many private Chinese companies.”


My recent report with Senator Johnson also showed that Ye had connections not just to the communist party in China, but also China’s People’s Liberation Army, the armed forces of the Chinese communist party.

In addition, recently released information shows that CEFC’s corporate mission was, “[t]o expand cooperation in the international energy economy and contribute to the national development.”


Indeed, those same records state that CEFC is “dedicating itself to serving China’s national energy strategy,” “developing national strategic reserves [for oil],” and “[p]artnering with centrally-administered and state-owned enterprises[.]”


Those records also make clear that CEFC was an extension of the communist Chinese government:

Based on the information acquired to date, CEFC was controlled by a foreign government, received financial support therefrom, and may have engaged in an activity to influence the U.S. Government and public for the benefit of the communist Chinese government.


Accordingly, the actions by Hunter Biden and James Biden on behalf of CEFC, Ye Jianming, and other officers connected to CEFC, potentially make them agents of the Chinese government for purposes of longstanding public disclosure laws. The American public deserves to know when foreign entities are operating in and attempting to influence U.S. policy and public opinion.


Accordingly, I request that the DOJ review the evidence to determine if the actions were undertaken by Hunter Biden and James Biden for CEFC, Ye Jianming, and other individuals linked to the communist Chinese government, constitute activity that requires registration under FARA. In addition, please answer the following no later than November 23, 2020:

  1. What actions has the DOJ taken to assess whether Hunter Biden, James Biden, and their
    corporate entities or employees should have registered under FARA for work on behalf
    of the Chinese government or other foreign governments or foreign principals?

2. Has the DOJ sent a letter of inquiry or letter of determination to Hunter Biden or James Biden? If so, please provide a copy. If not, why not?

3.Under 28 C.F.R. § 5.2, any present or prospective agent of a foreign entity may request
an advisory opinion from the Justice Department regarding the need to register. Did
Hunter Biden, James Biden, or any of their employees or affiliates ever request an
advisory opinion from DOJ on whether they would be required to register as foreign
agents under FARA based on their activity related to CEFC, or with any other foreign
entity? If so, please provide a copy of the request and opinion.

Please Read the Rest of Grassley’s Letter for more proof that the Washington DC is not working for the American people.

It is unclear if Barr answered Grassley. When details arise, I will update this article.

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