BlackRock CEO Larry Fink To Be Biden’s Treasury Secretary Fresh Off China Partnership?

Larry Fink/IMAGE: YouTube

Perfect timing?

BlackRock and CEO Larry Fink just got permission in August from regulators in China to start a mutual fund business there, a next step in the firm’s ever-expanding portfolio of investment activity with the communist nation.

At the same time there’s an election next week, and many expect Democrat Joe Biden to win. Fink’s name is often floated as his possible Treasury Secretary. He reportedly wanted the job in a Hillary Clinton administration, but then she lost.

Biden might like the China-enthusiast Fink for the role, since the former vice president was recently implicated as a potential beneficiary of investment in a scheme cooked up by his son Hunter and his business partners with now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy. A 2017 email – captured in a now-famous laptop computer left and ignored by Hunter Biden at a Delaware computer repair shop, and then turned over … Read More ➡

One America News: NLPC Demands Debate Moderator Kristen Welker Be Removed

10/22/20- Paul Kamenar, Counsel to the the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), is interviewed by Richard Pollock on One America News. NLPC asked that presidential debate moderator Kristen Welker be removed because of bias and for making up quotes in her previous reporting for NBC.… Read More ➡

NewsmaxTV: Why Did FBI Sit on Hunter Biden’s Laptop?

NewsMax TV- Tom Anderson of the National Legal and Policy Center discusses why the FBI has failed to act on the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop. Anderson also discusses the recent censorship of the group’s billboard with an image of LeBron James, who is gagged by a Chinese flag, accompanied by the message “Silence is Violence.”… Read More ➡

Debate Commission Asked to Axe Moderator Kristen Welker

NLPC today called upon the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to withdraw Kristen Welker, NBC’s White House Correspondent, from moderating Thursday’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. 

In a letter to the CPD, NLPC blasted the CPD for choosing Welker despite her pro-Democrat bias and for fabricating a quote from President Trump.

NLPC cited news reports showing that Welker’s family have been strong Democrat financial supporters and photos of her with her father posing with the Obamas at a 2012 White House Christmas party.

NLPC also cited its August 11 letter to NBC brass calling for the suspension of Welker as a White House correspondent for making up a quote from President Trump in reacting to the shooting on the White House grounds in early August.  When asked by Welker if he was “rattled at all” by the incident, Trump calmly responded, ‘I don’t know, … Read More ➡

NY Times Letter: ‘Sturm und Drang’ on Barrett Nomination

To the Editor:

The Democrats’ strategy opposing Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation is clear: raise the boogeyman that she will overturn the Affordable Care Act and millions will immediately lose their health insurance coverage. Nonsense.

First, the case before the court next month raises a different issue than the one Chief Justice John Roberts decided and she criticized. Second, she hasn’t read the briefs or heard oral arguments, and thus no one can predict her vote. Third, the court can strike the offending provision at issue and keep intact the provisions that the Democrats are wailing about, such as coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Finally, in the unlikely event the law were to be struck down in its entirety, the court can, and likely will, stay its decision to allow Congress time to remedy the statutory defect as it has done in other cases.

In short, the Sturm und Drang prediction … Read More ➡

Hunter Biden Offered Access to Chinese Firm in Exchange for Investments

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This article by Alana Goodman appears today in the Washington Free Beacon. It includes comments by NLPC’s Tom Anderson.

Hunter Biden touted his family’s political clout to solicit a $5 million investment from China for his U.S.-based financial advisory firm, according to a court filing by a white-collar convict who claims he had an inside view into Biden’s murky foreign business dealings.

John Galanis, 77, argues that the younger Biden used his businesses as a “pay-to-play influence peddling operation” by offering access to influential people in Washington, D.C., in exchange for investments. Galanis, who was convicted in 2018 of defrauding investors and the Wakpamni tribal community, states in the affidavit that his son, Jason Galanis, provided him with details of Biden’s offshore deals after befriending Biden’s longtime business partner Devon Archer.

In the affidavit, Galanis says that Biden and Archer worked to secure $15 million for their financial … Read More ➡

Disbarment Sought of FBI’s Kevin Clinesmith Who Altered Email to Trigger Campaign Spying

Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith

National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), an ethics watchdog group, filed a disbarment action today with the D.C. Bar against fired FBI attorney, Kevin E. Clinesmith, who pled guilty to a felony last month for doctoring a CIA email used to support a surveillance warrant against Carter Page, a former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor.

In an August 14, 2020, plea agreement with U.S. Attorney John H. Durham, who was tasked by Attorney General William Barr with investigating the origins of the 2016 Russia collusion probe known as “Crossfire Hurricane,” Kevin Clinesmith admitted that he doctored a June 15, 2017, CIA email by adding that Carter Page, “was not a source” for the CIA in his contacts with Russian sources, when in fact he was a contact with the CIA. 

That false representation was used during the Special Counsel Mueller probe to justify a surveillance warrant … Read More ➡

Chinese Companies Get Scrutiny— But Not From BlackRock

Steve Mnuchin/IMAGE: YouTube

Pressure continues to increase on Chinese corporations that are listed on American stock exchanges, to provide greater transparency about their ownership and operations.

Following the U.S. Senate’s passage (by unanimous consent) in May of the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act, a special panel of top government financial regulators issued a report last week that also called for tougher rules in order for “non-cooperative” foreign companies to be allowed to be listed in the United States. The goal is to provide greater protection for investors in those companies, to meet minimal audit and transparency standards so that potential risks are better understood.

The President’s Working Group on Financial Markets specifically scrutinized the risks to investors posed by the Chinese government’s failure to allow access to the books of companies listed in the U.S.  The group urged the Securities and Exchange Commission take steps to strengthen the listing standards.… Read More ➡

Ethics Group Urges Dismissal of Charges Against General Flynn

General Michael Flynn (Shutterstock)

Tomorrow morning, the full panel of 10 judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will rehear the appeal of General Michael Flynn seeking to have District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan grant the Department of Justice’s motion to drop the charges against Gen. Flynn because of misconduct by FBI agents and government prosecutors for withholding evidence as well as for setting up Gen. Flynn in an FBI interview in January 2017 about his talks with Russian Ambassador Kislyak when there was no underlying criminal investigation to warrant the interview.  

Contrary to the district court rules, Judge Sullivan had appointed a biased former prosecutor and judge as a “friend of the court” to advise him on whether he should grant the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the charges.  Flynn’s attorneys appealed Sullivan’s decision to the D.C. Circuit which ruled last month that Judge … Read More ➡