CCP-paid lobbyists, including Podesta’s brother, get results from Biden White House

by WorldTribune Staff, September 12, 2022

Just days after a top Huawei lobbyist’s brother joined the White House staff, Team Biden loosened restrictions imposed by the Trump administration on the sharing of U.S. technology with firms blacklisted for their ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), a report said.

From left, John Podesta, Susan Rice, John Kerry, and Joe Biden. / Video image.

Huawei, which has been a military collaborator with the communist government in Beijing for decades, will now be able to receive certain technologies from American companies, The National Pulse reported on Sept. 12.

Huawei is tied closely to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and is considered a national security threat by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Huawei is also listed as a partner firm of Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum.

Team Biden’s Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued a revision to a Trump-era Export Administration Regulations (EAR) newly authorizing the release of certain technology and software for the alleged purpose of “standards setting and development in standards organizations.”

The move to loosen the restrictions was made by Team Biden “after months of wrangling by Huawei lobbyists,” the report said.

The lobbyists include leading anti-Trump and pro-Biden individuals, such as Trump impeachment supporter Stephen Binhak, and the brothers of both Biden advisor Steve Richetti and newly minted Biden administration official John Podesta, the report said.

Reuters reported earlier this year that Huawei had paid Podesta’s brother Tony $1 million to represent the firm’s interests with the Biden White House.

Related: China’s Huawei hires Tony Podesta to lobby Team Biden, July 25, 2022

Podesta, who has known Joe Biden for decades and is close with a number of his advisers, is lobbying Team Biden on behalf of the Chinese tech giant which in February 2020 was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO — a key DOJ tool for going after organized crime.

He also “lives down the street from former President Barack Obama in the glitzy D.C. neighborhood of Kalorama. His brother John was a counselor for Obama as well as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton,” Politico noted in a July 23 report.

In 2019, U.S. companies were banned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from using federal funds to purchase equipment from Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE, reported.

The FCC announced the ban not long after the discovery of Huawei wireless gear near a U.S. nuclear missile base in Montana. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said that he had visited Malmstrom Air Force Base, home to 150 Minuteman III nuclear missiles.

“Set against that destructive power is a completely serene and wide-open landscape,” Carr said. “It is just wheat fields and big sky country. Except, as it turns out, there are cell towers all around the Montana missile fields running on Huawei equipment.”

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