by WorldTribune Staff, August 8, 2018
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s cozy relationship with communist China goes back 40 years. For at least 20 of those years, a Chinese spy was working on the California Democrat’s staff.
“It took a tweet from President Trump implying hypocrisy, given Feinstein’s role investigating ‘Russian collusion’ as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, while a Chinese spy had infiltrated her own office, to force the senator to address the issue,” Ben Weingarten, senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, wrote for The Federalist on Aug. 8.
Noting a Drudge Report post titled “Details of Chinese mole by Dianne Feinstein’s side for 20 years”, the president tweeted: “…Dianne is the person leading our Nation on “Collusion” with Russia (only done by Dems). Will she now investigate herself?”
Fenstein responded by tweeting: “The FBI told me 5 years ago it had concerns that China was seeking to recruit an administrative member of my Calif staff (despite no access to sensitive information). I took those concerns seriously, learned the facts and made sure the employee left my office immediately.”
Weingarten noted that “Feinstein’s account conflicts with what has been reported regarding the recruitment and activities of the Chinese spy. She conveniently omits that her office employed this individual for almost 20 years in a close capacity, while he represented the senator in interactions with Chinese officials.”
No U.S. politician “has arguably maintained a deeper, more longstanding and friendlier relationship with China, at the highest levels of its ruling Communist Party, than Feinstein,” Weingarten wrote. “It dates back to the opening of U.S.-Chinese diplomatic relations in 1979.”
As mayor of San Francisco during the 1980s, Feinstein “developed a close friendship with Shanghai Mayor (and future Chinese president) Jiang Zemin. This substantially enhanced Feinstein’s foreign policy profile, and created an important linkage to the U.S. government for China’s Communist Party (CCP),” Weingarten wrote.
Under Jiang’s leadership, China “initiated a brutal crackdown against practitioners of Falun Gong, including mass imprisonments, beatings, torture, rape, organ harvesting, and murder, and engaging in alleged human rights atrocities against Tibetans.
Feinstein never renounced her friendship with Jiang, in spite of these acts,” Weingarten wrote.
Feinstein “also argued against tying China’s most-favored-nation trading status to human rights improvements,” Weingarten wrote.
“In an argument that reads as not only beyond naive, but demonstrates an offensive moral equivalency, Feinstein added: “Chinese society continues to open up with looser ideological controls, freer access to outside sources of information and increased media reporting. More people in China vote for their leadership on the local level than do Americans. Economic liberalization is introducing market forces into the economy. Educational levels are up, along with wages and the standard of living.”
In a June 2010 interview with the Wall Street Journal covering a trip to China in which she met with Jiang and former premier Zhu Rongji, Feinstein seemed to “downplay and even alibi the Tiananmen Square massacre,” Weingarten wrote.
Feinstein told the Journal: “I think that was a great setback for China in the view of the world. And I think China has also – as we would – learned lessons from it. It just so happens I was here after that and talked to Jiang Zemin and learned that at the time China had no local police. It was just the PLA [People’s Liberation Army]. And no local police that had crowd control. So, hence the tanks. Clearly none of that made good sense. But that’s the past. One learns from the past. You don’t repeat it. I think China has learned a lesson.”
Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, “has profited handsomely during Feinstein’s career from the greatly expanded China trade she supported,” Weingarten wrote. “It is of course possible that the Feinstein family’s privileged position with the Chinese regime improved his investment opportunities.”
Few American officials could have been as potentially exposed to China’s “skilled intelligence service as Feinstein. Here we have not only proof of a spy, but real evidence of consistently pro-Chinese policy that at very best created the appearance of a financial conflict of interest,” Weingarten wrote.
“Recall that the Chinese regime conducted the cataclysmic U.S. Office of Personnel Management hack, arming it with the most compromising possible information on 21 million government employees and applicants. Then the PRC liquidated America’s entire informant network on the Chinese mainland. So why isn’t this a major national story drawing hysterical cries of treason and calls for impeachment?”
Weingarten concluded: “Attempts by foreign countries to infiltrate our political offices pose a grave national security threat, as Feinstein’s record clearly shows. With people like her on pertinent congressional committees, however, how many foxes have been elected to guard the henhouse? Representatives’ responses to reform measures will help us find out.”
Read Weingarten’s full column here