REPORT: Apple Lobbying to Water Down Bill That Would Protect Uyghurs

Tim Cook in China

Last month National Legal and Policy Center reported, based on disclosure reports discovered by tech news Web site The Information, that Apple Inc. had hired a Washington lobbying firm to aid its efforts to modify the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.

It wasn’t known at the time what influence Apple hoped to exert on the shaping of the bill, but considering the company’s extensive use of Chinese labor to assemble its products and their parts, the suspicion was that it hoped to ease any restrictions and penalties.

Now, two anonymous Congressional sources cited by the Washington Post say that Apple does want the legislation watered down. 

The Act seeks to force companies to ensure that they or their suppliers do not use coerced labor from the persecuted Muslim Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of China. The people group has reportedly been subjected to persecution, … Read More ➡

Grassley Joins Call for FARA Investigation of Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden/IMAGE: YouTube

Following a complaint filed by National Legal and Policy Center with the Department of Justice that demanded an investigation of the son and brother of Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee has made a similar request.

Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, wrote a detailed, seven-page letter to Attorney General William Barr on Monday, urging him to probe Hunter Biden and James Biden – the son and brother of the former vice president, respectively – about deals they cut with a state-owned Chinese energy company and their representation of foreign actors in the United States. 

The inquiry focuses on the Bidens’ work with CEFC China Energy Co. Ltd., which Grassley accurately characterized as “an extension of the Chinese government.” He asked Barr to investigate whether the Bidens violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act by failing to notify the Justice Department … Read More ➡

Is Apple Lobbying Against Uyghur Human Rights?

Tim Cook in China

Disclosure reports required by Congress show that Apple Inc. hired a firm to lobby on its behalf with regard to the “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act,” tech news Web site The Information reported last week.

Whether the company is for or against the legislation is not known.

The bill has 88 co-sponsors, from Democrat “Squad” Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) on the far left, to conservative House Freedom Caucus members Mark Meadows (a former Representative from NC, now President Trump’s chief of staff) and Jody Hice (Ga.) on the right.

The legislation seeks to ensure that goods manufactured in the Xinjiang region of China, where hundreds of thousands of minority Muslim Uyghurs are persecuted and forced to work “at a fraction of minimum wage or without any compensation,” do not enter the United States market.

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Hunter & James Biden Failed to Register as Foreign Agents While Representing Chinese Company

Hunter Biden

From RealClearInvestigations by Paul Sperry:

A search of Justice Department databases reveals that Hunter Biden failed to register as a foreign agent while promoting the interests of foreign business partners in Washington, including brokering meetings with his father and other government officials, and RealClear Investigations has learned that at least one Senate committee is investigating whether Joe Biden’s son violated federal laws requiring disclosure of such foreign contacts.

The Obama administration did not prosecute Hunter Biden for potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, despite its much more aggressive pursuit of FARA cases relative to other administrations — including its opening of criminal investigations on no fewer than six Trump campaign advisers in 2016.

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