According to public records, at least $54 million was donated to the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington by individuals with ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) between 2014 and 2019. The Penn Biden Center is where several classified documents were located in early November, locked in a closet in President Biden’s former office.
Plans for the Penn Biden Center were announced in 2017, which was the same year that then-Vice President Biden vacated the White House. Most of the anonymous Chinese donations were given to the Center after the University of Pennsylvania made the announcement.
One reported donor was a real estate developer in Shanghai, Xu Xeuquing. Xu has no direct connection to the university and, in 2011, faced corruption allegations in China that never materialized into criminal charges.
Michael Sobolik, who is an expert on the CCP at the American Foreign Policy Council, told the Washington Free Beacon that Xu’s non-prosecution indicates that he likely has a close relationship with the CCP.
Government watchdog, NLPC’s Government Integrity Project asked U.S. prosecutor David Weiss to dig into the anonymous donations as part of the DOJ’s investigation into Hunter Biden’s purported tax and gun violations. Tom Anderson, Director of the Government Integrity Project, said, “We’ve asked… Weiss to pursue the larger network of individuals and institutions who benefited from millions doled out by foreign interests connected to Hunter Biden’s work in China and Ukraine.”
According to NLPC’s complaint, Hunter’s laptop contained a 2017 text linking CEFC China Energy with the Penn Biden Center. The CEFC was trying to lobby American politicians without registering as a foreign lobbyist while Hunter Biden was concurrently attempting to broker a deal with the CEFC in which Joe Biden would receive a 10 percent equity stake in the deal, according to Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden’s former business partner.
On May 1, 2017, Hunter Biden texted Bobulinski, “We don’t want to have to register as foreign agents under the FCPA [sic], which… is much more expansive than people who should know choose not to know.”
Meanwhile, the University of Pennsylvania has denied that the Biden Center received any anonymous donations from the Chinese.
According to new information obtained by CNN, the classified documents found at the Center pertaining to Ukraine, Iran, and the U.K.
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) said that the classified documents raise national security questions and stated, “The fact that former Vice President Joe Biden inappropriately maintained and kept classified materials at his unsecured think tank raises serious questions about national security, particularly when the documents were related to Ukraine when Biden family members were on a Ukrainian oligarch’s payroll. The President has declassification authority, not the then Vice President. It is troubling that these documents were turned over to the National Archives on November 2nd, right before the midterm elections, and the corrupt Biden DOJ covered it up for two months.”