Rep. James Comer Slams Biden Family Over Millions of Dollars From China

The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability investigating President Joe Biden and his family says “there’s a pattern” of the family receiving millions of dollars from China and that he wonders what the country got in return, saying he doesn’t think “China would do that out of the goodness of their heart.”

“Well, we know the Biden family’s received millions and millions of dollars from communist China. We don’t know exactly what communist China got in return for that,” Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., told The Daily Signal .

“But what we’ve learned with the document, not just the fact that Joe Biden had mishandled classified documents, but also that the Biden Penn Center, where the documents were stored, received millions and millions of dollars from China through the University of Pennsylvania,” Comer said.

Comer added:

So, there’s a pattern here of millions and millions of dollars coming from China to Biden family interests. I find that suspicious because I don’t think China would do that out of the goodness of their heart.

So that’s why we’re investigating this family. We want to determine exactly what all of Joe Biden’s involvement was, why China has paid this family so much money, and if in fact this administration is compromised because of the millions of dollars it’s taken from China.

The U.S. Department of Justice searched Biden ’s home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, last Wednesday amid the news that he kept classified documents from his time as vice president to President Barack Obama, according to a statement from Biden’s personal attorney.

His attorneys found classified documents  at his office in the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C., and at his residence in Wilmington, Delaware. Classified documents dating from Biden’s time in the U.S. Senate have also been discovered. 

Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos similarly mentioned Chinese funding of the Penn Biden Center while discussing the potential risks of the Biden administration and the Department of Education not enforcing Section 117 of the Higher Education Act of 1965.

Section 117 requires colleges and universities to report “contracts with and gifts from a foreign source that, alone or combined, are valued at $250,000 or more in a calendar year,” according to the Education Department website

“I think we know that there continues to be billions and billions of dollars that are going into these research universities. And at the Biden Center at the University of Pennsylvania, more than $50 million in Chinese funding came into that institution in a very short period of time,” DeVos told The Daily Signal.

DeVos noted that after he served as vice president, Biden kept many records at the Penn Biden Center, which gained renewed scrutiny following news of the discovery of classified documents  at Biden’s office there last November.

“In fact, it was generally while we [the Trump administration] were in office, and as has been pointed out in other places, this is where all of his foreign policy staff was housed in waiting for his administration. It raises a lot of questions,” she said. 

DeVos added: 

I think that this is not something we can just sort of look the other way and say it’s an innocuous situation. These are very important research institutions that have a lot of American IP [intellectual property] and lots of secretive things that should not be in the hands of others.

And so, the way that colleges and universities have continued to simply act as though this is a nothing, it’s just simply wrong. 

Rep. Jim Banks , R-Ind., told The Daily Signal in an email, “Joe Biden didn’t just fail to crack down on illicit Chinese influence  at our universities, he’s undoing President [Donald] Trump’s efforts to hold the Communist Party accountable.”

“The Penn Biden Center  has drawn $14 million in anonymous Chinese donations since Biden took office. If the White House actually enforced prohibitions on malign Chinese influence, they’d end up investigating the president of the United States,” Banks added. 

The Penn Biden Center, the White House, and Biden’s attorney, Bob Bauer, did not immediately respond to The Daily Signal’s request for comment.

Tyler O’Neil contributed to this report.

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Parliament’s part in the C of E’s rifts on equality for women and gay people | Letters

Westminster interference over women priests left a legacy that is still felt today, says April Alexander, while Andy Foster says equality for LGBTQ+ people in the church must become law

MPs may “raise concerns” about the fact that the Church of England appears not to be willing to offer marriage in church to same-sex couples (Welby ‘would rather see C of E disestablished than split over same-sex marriage’, 1 February ), but parliament has something to answer for in relation to the church and its attitude on such matters.

In 1992, the General Synod passed a relatively simple measure to allow women to become priests, but not to impose them where a parish wanted to maintain the then position of appointing only male priests. That did not satisfy the ecclesiastical committee of the time (a joint committee of MPs and peers) and they demanded “protection” and “safeguarding” against women priests by means of an Act of Synod. The church had no alternative but to oblige – and complicated arrangements were agreed whereby evangelical and, broadly, Anglo-Catholic parishes could opt out of the new regime and elect not to appoint women priests or to consider them for posts.

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The Gareth Thomas case proves it: no one wins when an HIV transmission fight goes to court | James Greig

A civil case brought by the former rugby star’s ex-partner has played into discussions of what stance – if any – the law should take on HIV

Few public figures alive today have done more to reduce the stigma around HIV than Gareth Thomas. Since he declared his status in 2019 (saying he had been forced to, following threats of blackmail by a tabloid newspaper), the former rugby player has campaigned to promote better understanding of the virus.

It’s regrettable that such a popular figurehead recently found himself at the centre of a legal controversy. Last week, it was announced that Thomas had settled a case brought by his ex-partner, Ian Baum, who in a civil claim accused Thomas of hiding his HIV status while they were a couple between 2013 and 2016. Baum alleged that Thomas “deceptively” transmitted the virus to Baum, hiding his HIV medication and “coercing” him into unprotected sex. While agreeing to pay a settlement of £75,000, Thomas made no admission of liability or guilt, and has always denied that he gave Baum HIV. However, he has confirmed that he did not tell Baum about his HIV status because he “genuinely and reasonably” believed that it was undetectable at the time because his viral load was so low that the virus could not be passed on. He acknowledges now that this belief was mistaken.

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As the detective who inspired TV’s Prime Suspect, I know this: the misogyny of David Carrick lives on | Jackie Malton

I hope the rapist’s sentencing will offer closure to victims, but fear the Met will be weeding out abusive officers for some time

  • Jackie Malton is a former senior police officer

We have now heard for the first time from David Carrick’s victims – the women a serving Met police officer raped, controlled, threatened and abused. Their victim statements, read out by prosecutor Tom Little during Carrick’s sentencing hearing on Monday, painted a picture of terror, violence and control; of being made to feel “worthless”, “degraded”, “ashamed”, “like a piece of dirt on his shoe”.

I hope that Carrick’s sentencing for his 49 offences will bring some sense of closure to his victims. But it should offer no sense of an ending to the Metropolitan police. Because a running thread in the victims’ statements was Carrick’s job. He was not just a police officer who happened to be a rapist – he used his badge, his status, and even his police firearm to threaten and coerce women. “Every time I see a police car,” one victim said, “I freeze and hold my breath.” The Met failed to properly vet Carrick, and failed to take action following eight complaints about his conduct with women.

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