Biden’s pick to head CIA admits to accepting Super Bowl gift from Saudi Arabian official

William Burns, President Joe Biden’s pick to head the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), admitted during his confirmation hearing last week that he received a gift of a group Super Bowl trip from a Saudi Arabian ambassador during his tenure as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Breitbart reported.

Details of the trip, including when it was given and who else was invited, were not available. Burns was reportedly hired at the foreign policy think tank in 2015 after retiring from a decades-long career as a U.S. diplomat.

The CIA director nominee also said that he received other gifts from other foreign dignitaries while he worked for Carnegie, from a number of countries.

President Biden called King Salman of Saudi Arabia last week just as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report indicating that the Saudi crown prince was responsible for ordering the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2017, reports noted.

Ties to the CCP?

In addition to accepting foreign gifts from Saudi officials and others, Burns also reportedly has close ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). According to Breitbart, Zhang Yichen, a Chinese businessman affiliated with two different CCP-linked organizations, was installed on Carnegie’s board during Burns’ tenure.

Notably, Zhang’s firm and other related CCP organizations provided millions in funding to Carnegie’s initiatives before and during Burns’ tenure as its president.

Before his time working at Carnegie, Burns served as a deputy secretary of state under former President Barack Obama.

There is a general rule that prevents U.S. officials from receiving gifts from foreign governments; however, Burns was not in violation of that rule, as he was not a U.S. official when he received the gifts. Still, the gifts may lead some to think that Burns could be susceptible to foreign influence.

Confirmation in question

It is unclear whether the disclosure of the gifts will prevent Burns from being confirmed in an evenly divided Senate.

Biden’s first round of nominees didn’t receive much opposition during their hearings, but several later nominees have had contentious hearings in recent days. Assistant Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary nominee Rachel Levine has come under fire for refusing to answer questions about whether she supports minor children’s rights to have gender reassignment surgery and other treatments if they identify as transgender, the New York Post notes.

Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM), Biden’s pick to head the U.S. Interior Department, has also come under fire for saying she wants to do away with fossil fuels.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Judge Merrick Garland — picked to lead HHS and the Justice Department, respectively — were also grilled by Republicans, according to USA Today, but are expected to be confirmed to their new positions.

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  1. No wonder our government is the
    biggest collection of professional crooks. The swamp is nothing but a human shell game with monetary incentives. What’s worse is the utter stupidity of the voters who perpetuate the cprruption with their totally ignorant voting practices. Trump rained on their parade and that is why he is so hated. Pathetic are the people that do not recognise he was fighting against the elite that are screwing over the public and laughing all the way to the bank.

    1. Now that they have a protective manned wall around all the thief’s we’ll never get it 1/2 way legal.

      1. Three is one many who can and would get it right again as he did it once already and his name begins with a capital T. He got it right once and he can do it again.

  2. None of those nominees should be confirmed! Is that the best Biden can do? Or should I say the best Obama can do? Clearly Biden is NOT doing the choosing! All of them are former Obama cabinet members, so —— we have Obama 2.0 running our country, Biden and Harris are the stooges! Come on people, wake up! Fight to get these posers out, and our REAL president back in office!

    1. Patty, your right, these creeps are so we’ll laced with corruption it would make your head spin yet they wanted Trump be just like them and he isn’t, he pisses on their parade!

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  5. I can’t even read the articles anymore, it is just one bad thing after another. And to make it worse the Democrats think for some reason that they have unlimited access to America’s purse strings! They are trying to spend money like it is going out of style and they spending it on totally un-necessary things! I sincerely hope that there is at least one or two Democrat Senators that are in Red States that are up for re-election in 22 so they will think twice before rubber stamping that ridiculous Covid Boondoggle! j

  6. You have to scratch your head when you read that these questionable nominees get GRILLED by the GOP and then it’s followed by they will most likely get nominated anyway. Washington Is A SWAMP and there’s nothing that will ever change it.

  7. Doesn’t Republicans have any backbone? Why are they letting our country be lead by these people. Senate is 50/50 and need 60 votes. Who are these people and why doesn’t any Democrat stand up for right for our country? Are we this corrupt?

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