By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
I have written on the corruption of Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao a number of times. I was very disheartened when Chao became the Secretary of Transportation for the Trump administration. The dynamic duo are fully in bed with the communist Chinese and have been for many years. Peter Schweizer has a new book called Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends that digs into the background of the McConnells and their family wealth and where it came from. It’s not a pretty picture and it should not only tick you off, it should alarm every American out there.
To be fair, it’s not just McConnell. This is happening on both sides of the political aisle. From Denise Simon – she has several pertinent points on Kerry and Biden and their Chinese corruption to keep in mind for 2020:
1. China plants industrial espionage operatives in the U.S. that steal government contract secrets and then sells them back to China. The FBI caught at least one of them.
2. Through cyber espionage, China has stolen much of the F-35 technology, more than 50 terabytes.
3. John Kerry and Joe Biden did exactly the same thing as Hillary… sold access for money while exploiting it all as diplomatic missions under the title(s) of bi-lateral agreements.
4. Subpoena former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and ask him about the CFIUS approvals of Chinese backed enterprises. We need to go back to former Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner… did he set the table for all this with Obama’s approval creating that ‘Asia Pivot’?
5. What does Congress know about foreign investments and when do they know it? They get reports, but who is asking questions, anyone?
The bottom line is that the Chinese are buying off our politicians. Enriching them and their families in exchange for military and economic concessions for China. Schweizer cites the family of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a particularly troubling example.
“In the case of Mitch McConnell, there’s just simply no question that the economic fortunes of his family rest upon the good graces of the Chinese government,” he said. “The vast bulk of the family wealth is tied up in a shipping company called Foremost Group. Really beginning back in 1993 — I talk about it in the book — he and the family worked to cultivate that relationship with the Chinese government, and the Chinese government set up a series of things that have made the family wealthy.”
“The ships for the family business are basically built by the Chinese government,” he noted. “The Chinese government finances the construction of those ships. They provide the crews to man those ships. They provide a lot of the clients, the contracts that they service. They ship a lot of goods around for Chinese state-owned companies.”
“And Mitch McConnell’s in-laws — his father-in-law and his sister-in-law — have served on the board of let’s just say very sensitive military-related contractors in China,” he added. “The Chinese government is not going to do that to somebody that it does not have a level of political trust to.”
Money from this convenient arrangement for the McConnells has “flowed directly to Mitch McConnell himself,” including at least one gift in the $5 million to $25 million range from his in-laws, with the added expectation of a sizable inheritance when his father-in-law passes away.
It wasn’t always this way though. When McConnell first came to Congress, he was a very strong China hawk. He was also was one of the most outspoken voices criticizing China’s massacre of dissidents at Tiananmen Square. But that was decades ago and since then, the Chinese have made him an offer he can’t refuse. “Then he married Elaine Chao. Then in 1993, he took a trip with his father-in-law as a guest of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation, which is the largest military contractor in China. After that, when these economic ties were forged, his views let’s say began to ‘evolve,’” Schweizer said. And so did the inherent corruption and complicity.
McConnell has muted his criticism of the Chinese. He is also far more open to trade with the communist regime and he is much less critical of its monetary policies, going as far as threatening to use the legislative “nuclear option” to shut down consideration of a bill in 2010-2011 that would have taken action against China as a currency manipulator. The bill ended up passing 65-35, with McConnell one of the few Republicans voting against it. McConnell infrequently tries to sound tough on China, but no one with any sense is buying it. Judge McConnell by what he does, not by what he says.
“If the Chinese government became angry at Mitch McConnell, they could severely damage the family business. They could essentially shut it down. If they said, ‘We’re giving you no more contracts, we’re pulling away your crews, we’re not going to build you any more ships,’ the Foremost Group — which is the shipping company that the McConnell family has — it would essentially almost go out of business, if not completely go out of business,” Schweizer cautioned. In national security, you call that being ‘compromised’.
“There is an unprecedented situation where you have a powerful family, the McConnells and the Chaos, and you have family members in that family serving on very, very sensitive corporate boards,” Schweizer added, referring back to the China State Shipbuilding Corporation and the appointment of McConnell’s sister-in-law Angela Chao to a board seat at the state-run Bank of China. “The Bank of China corporate board is made up of Chinese executives that have served in government. It is an arm of the Chinese government, used to advance the diplomacy of the government of China. To have family members on the boards of such sensitive entities, and to try to argue that that’s not going to have any influence on you is just laughable. There’s no other word for it. It’s laughable,” he said. And he’s right.
Not only that, but Schweizer points out that McConnell’s father-in-law James Chao, “has been close friends with Communist leaders in China.” China is our enemy… I would call that a conflict of interest to put it mildly. “He went to school with some of them. Jiang Zemin, who for the longest time was the Chinese premier, was a classmate of his. And when Jiang Zemin would travel to the United States, he would have private meetings on a regular basis not just with James Chao, but with Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao,” he said.
Schweizer depicted Elaine Chao as “very muted on criticizing China at all” during her time serving in the administrations of both George W. Bush and Donald Trump. In fact, he described some of her interviews with Chinese-language publications as “shocking in her statements that Republicans are trying to gin up the China threat because they need an enemy.”
I want you to ponder a moment and just think what we would learn if everything was revealed about our politicians as it should be. They have written disclosure laws and regulations that hide their dealings with enemy states and in unsavory ventures. Schweizer pointed out that China’s system of influencing American politicians through their families is simply a mirror image of how business is done in China, where foreign business leaders understand that hiring the children of senior officials is the best way to gain access to the Chinese government.
“We have got to correct the ability for this to happen in an undisclosed way, or we are screwed when it comes to dealing with the Chinese because they will more than likely have plenty of opportunities to successfully buy off and forge these commercial relationships with American political elites. The amounts of money are just so eye-popping. The temptation is just so great. You’re going to have very few people that are going to be willing to resist it,” he warned. Schweizer added that from the Chinese perspective, it’s a “great investment” to “toss a few billion dollars at American political elites and get a softened position from them.”
LevinTV host Mark Levin just called for Senator Mitch McConnell to step down as Senate majority leader and be investigated for corruption. Levin cited a New York Post article detailing new corruption allegations made against McConnell and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao via Schweizer’s new book. Levin called the allegations “stunning” and “absolutely shocking and disgusting.” “Mitch McConnell should be removed for all the reasons I’ve said before, but especially now, as majority leader,” Levin said. “And there ought to be an ethics investigation looking into his background. And I am damn serious about it.” I could not possibly agree more.
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