Dianne Feinstein: China's
Special Channel to Washington
Feinstein was the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee when she led the attack on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Feinstein and her staff orchestrated one of the worst smear campaigns against a judicial appointee in history. She manipulated witness statements and pushed for delays in the hearing in order to do damage, not just to Kavanaugh, but to all Republicans running for office in the approaching election.
The attacks on Judge Kavanaugh were part of a larger strategy to put Republicans in an unmanageable situation going into the 2018 midterm election. That strategy was to make Republicans appear to be insensitive to female vulnerabilities because Republicans need the votes of suburban women in many swing states and districts. Feinstein and the Democrat’s strategy worked as seen in the number of close elections this year.
Feinstein and Real Collusion with Communist China
Senator Feinstein herself has a long, sordid history in dealings with the communist government of the People’s Republic of China. This report will expose the damage that Feinstein has done to U.S. national security and the assistance she has provided to communist China. Readers of this report can draw their own conclusions about whether Feinstein was used by China or knowingly participated in multiple channels of espionage.
In August of 2018 multiple news sources reported that California Senator Dianne Feinstein employed a Chinese agent for twenty years -- until 2013 when the FBI informed her of the presence of a foreign spy on her Senate staff. The spy was listed as “office director” of Feinstein’s California office and had been her driver for several years and, according to news accounts, the spy was reporting to the Chinese Ministry of State Security at the San Francisco Consulate.
Feinstein sought to downplay the FBI’s discovery of the Chinese agent saying that he never had “access to sensitive information”. That may or may not be true, but either way, having a foreign agent on her staff at any level represents a dramatic compromise of national security.
During the twenty-year span that Feinstein had the agent on her staff covered the period in which she was Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. It also, apparently covered a period in the mid to late 1990s when Feinstein took actions that crippled production of lanthanides, a substance critical to America’s national security while China was trying to take over the market.
A November 2018 report from a private intelligence firm, Defense One, revealed more details of a familiar theme, that China is attempting to halt US production of critical rare earth metals called lanthanides. These lanthanides are used to produce what the U.S. Department of Defense calls “exotic materials”. These materials are used in the production of America’s most advanced weapons systems.
For well over two decades China has sought to control the world’s market for rare earths and lanthanides, and in the late 1990s China accomplished that military objective with the help of Feinstein and then President Bill Clinton.
In 1994 Feinstein was the driving force behind the “California Desert Protection Act” which protected an unremarkable desert area surrounding the U.S.’s only rare earth mine. There was nothing to protect, no particular species of anything unique, but it did put the mine operations in a precarious situation. Mountain Pass Mine, as it is known, was then owned by a company called Molycorp.
Feinstein’s California Desert Protection Act effectively gave the Department of Interior home field advantage when dealing with the mine, since Molycorp’s waste water pipeline passes through a small portion of the newly protected Mojave Desert before reaching its destination in an evaporation pool owned by the mine.
By all accounts, Molycorp was a good steward of the government controlled land that surrounds the mine and had a very good environmental record.
In the summer of 1996, a waste water pipe burst during routine maintenance, while being flushed with fresh water. Thousands of gallons of water spilled into the government protected land, where the parched ground absorbed it a short distance from where it should have drained and evaporated into the desert air. The company immediately reported the spill and a month later, a coalition of armed government agents including representatives from the Bureau of Land Management arrived at Molycorp’s gates.
A mine employee present that day said, “It was a SWAT type raid, they had guns out.” Molycorp had already begun to clean up the spill, even though there was no hazardous waste involved, but the federal government, after receiving a letter from Feinstein, halted the clean up and began a process that would ultimately prevent the mine from producing any more rare earths or lanthanides. That forced the US Department of Defense into the extraordinary position of having to import critical materials for high-tech weapons from communist China.
About that time, a communist Chinese state-owned company, Baotou Rare Earths, opened an office in San Francisco. Its representative, Weiji Cui, told investigators at the time that he believed Molycorp would go out of business and Baotou was preparing to take over the world’s lanthanide market. And it did.
At that time, the Molycorp owned Mountain Pass Mine provided nearly all of U.S. rare earths and approximately 80 percent of the world’s supply. In a short time, China became the world’s leader in rare earths. Also at that time, national security experts warned that it was dangerous for the government to put Mountain Pass Mine out of business and predicted that once China had cornered the market, they would not sell rare earths to the U.S. That prediction has come to pass this year.
According to the Defense One report, “In August, China announced that it would reduce rare earth separation and smelting by 36 percent through the end of the year, putting it on track to produce… only enough for domestic production, with none left for export.” In other words, China’s intent was to choke off the US supply of materials crucial for high tech weapon systems. And Feinstein played a leading role in assisting China’s military objective.
In a recently released Pentagon industrial base study, the US military has raised concerns about China’s dominance of the rare earth market, according to that report allowing China to control US rare earth supplies was a “significant and growing risk” to American national security.
Senator Feinstein has had a long relationship with the People’s Republic of China, going back to when she was mayor of San Francisco, which has troubled many in the US Intelligence Committee. When Feinstein was mayor of San Francisco, she formed a “sister city” relationship with the mayor of Shanghai, Jiang Zemin, in the early 1980s. Jiang rose to be the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and President of the People’s Republic of China from 1993 to 2003, the period in which China’s military gained access to America’s most important weapons technology. Feinstein, her husband Blum, and Jiang have maintained extremely close relations over the past thirty-eight years.
Feinstein and Blum have fared very well financially as a result of this relationship with China. US Intelligence officials have privately expressed concern over Feinstein and Blum’s relationship with China, but considering Feinstein’s powerful position in the Senate, those concerns have never been fully investigated.
In August, The Federalist magazine published an extensive report detailing Feinstein and Blum’s relationship with China. Among its findings:
China has for almost forty years cultivated warm relations with Feinstein.
Feinstein has uniformly taken political positions supporting greater ties with China while taking a relatively dovish and strictly apologist line on its human rights atrocities.
Feinstein’s husband has profited handsomely during Feinstein’s career from the greatly expanded China trade she supported. It is, of course, possible that the Feinstein family’s privileged position with the Chinese regime improved his investment opportunities.
Feinstein has served as a key intermediary between China and the U.S. government while serving on committees whose work would be of keen interest to the PRC.
A recent report authored by a sinologist, Nicholas Eftimiades, who spent more than thirty years with the Central Intelligence Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Department of State, explained how effective the Chinese have become at infiltrating our government:
This report presents initial findings from analysis of 274 documented cases of Chinese worldwide espionage since the year 2000. High-level findings are as follows:
1. China has expanded its espionage efforts considerably over the last 20 years.
2. Chinese entities conducting espionage include government agencies, the military, state owned enterprises (SOEs), private companies/individuals, and select universities.
3. Nearly half of China’s espionage efforts target U.S. military and space technologies. Almost 25 percent of cases target commercial interests.
4. China is unlikely to significantly curb its espionage efforts, as they provide a cost efficient means to expand the economy, advance research and development, project military power, and meet China’s stated goal to become a world power.
As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Feinstein would have been informed about the Chinese espionage operations against US national security many times. Yet Feinstein propped up the communist Chinese government repeatedly during the time she has been in the Senate.
There are more very troubling facts surrounding her relationship with China. In late 1996 early 1997, a mysterious Chinese banker showed up in the United States with some startling information. The banker, who we cannot name for security purposes, told U.S. intelligence officials that his “princeling” bosses in China had told him on three occasions in the past two to three years that they were not concerned about their espionage operations in the U.S. because “they had a special channel to Washington” and that they could “fix things up” if their operations were uncovered.
When China was caught funneling illegal campaign donations to then President Bill Clinton and to Feinstein, the California Senator helped in the cover-up, which included shutting down witness testimony about FBI investigations to the Senate.
Now Feinstein has used her position in the Senate to make specious claims about President Trump and the Russia “collusion” lies concocted by the Democrat Party. For example, last January, Feinstein released a transcript of the closed-door testimony of Glenn Simpson, who ran Hillary Clinton’s opposition research and produced the “Russia Dossier” on President Trump, to the public.
While there has been no evidence of Trump-Russia “collusion” there is significant evidence that Dianne Feinstein has done far more than collude with communist China.