Have any of you been following the Feinstein-China connection?
She has been a big China booster since the 90s when she was the proponent of granting China most favored nation status in 1997, and then of making that status permanent in 2001: http://articles.latimes.com/1997-03-28/ ... onnections
During this period, she and her husband, a very wealthy man named Blum, made several trips to the PRC to discuss trade relations. He has a variety of interests, but the relevant one here is a company called CBRE. Blum is a major shareowner and chairman of CBRE, now CBG, the world's largest real estate services firm.
At the time the FBI warned that she was being targeted for illegal campaign contributions by the Chinese government, who understandably were very big fans of Mrs. Feinstein. One Chinese bagman, Nanping-born John Huang, showed up at Feinstein’s San Francisco home for a fundraising dinner with a Beijing official tied to the People’s Bank of China and the Communist Party Committee. As a foreign national, the official wasn’t legally qualified to make the $50,000-a-plate donation to dine at the banquet:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/ ... 0abbff1673
As soon as China received permanent MFN status, she took an interesting step. A bill which she had introduced and was signed into law by Clinton, called the Desert Protection Act--which BTW did a lot of good by creating the the Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and the Mojave National Preserve in the California desert--was used as the basis to shut down the Mountain Pass mine, which was the major source (97% of US market) of rare earth metals which I imagine most of you are familiar with; a group of 17 chemically similar elements crucial to the manufacture of many hi-tech products.
When this principal source of American rare earth metals was shuttered (despite its strategic value and high profitability), the only source became China. As it happened, Feinstein's husband Blum had positioned his company as the having an exclusive contract to import these materials from China. It turns out that this was a very lucrative position to be in, and Blum's wealth ballooned to more than $1 billion.
Now, it turns out that Feinstein's Chinese-American employee since 1996, a staffer who doubled as her driver, has been an agent for the PRC: https://nypost.com/2018/08/08/dianne-fe ... hinas-spy/
The agent reportedly was handled by officials based out of the People’s Republic of China’s consulate in San Francisco, which Feinstein helped set up when she was mayor of that city. He attended consulate functions for the senator.
The picture that emerges is that Feinstein has been the subject of very intense intelligence activity by the PRC for at least 25 years. Whether or not she was aware of all of it, she certainly knew about some of it, and she and her husband have made a great deal of money as a result of it. In this time when people are, very rightly, concerned about Russian attempts to interfere with our republic, I'm concerned that the number of players and the depth of infiltration is much, much more serious than we realize.