Watchdog group says University of Pennsylvania’s Biden Center should be investigated

Hunter Biden is currently under investigation over possible tax code and other financial violations. However, a conservative watchdog group says that there’s another investigation that should be immediately launched.

According to Fox News, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) wants federal authorities to look at whether two Biden-connected entities committed crimes.  

Specifically, the group is calling on U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware David C. Weiss to investigate the University of Pennsylvania’s Biden Center, and the Truman National Security Project.

Chinese money

At issue is whether they ran afoul of the Foreign Agents Registration Act by advocating for Ukrainian energy company Burisma and Chinese interests.

NLPC  alleges that $22 million worth of anonymous donations from Chinese sources after the Biden Center opened in 2018.

This is said to have included $14.8 million from a single donor.

The group suggests that those funds “may have been earmarked to promote Chinese interests.” If so, then it would have required registration under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Those donations allegedly continued through the next year, resulting in an NLPC filing a complaint with the Department of Justice in 2020.

University denies

“In short, the Department of Justice’s FARA Unit should investigate Penn and the Penn Biden Center to determine whether there have been any explicit or implicit conditions attached to the $67 million in donations and contracts from China, or a general understanding, to either forego criticism of China and its policies or to espouse certain views of that country,” it stated.

Also of concern is the Truman National Security Project, an organization on whose board Hunter Biden served until 2019.

NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty was quoted by Fox News as saying, “Hunter Biden did not act alone in a crack-induced fog. He was part of a network of individuals and institutions that received millions from foreign interests.”

However, a University of Pennsylvania told Fox News, “The Penn Biden Center has never solicited or received any gifts from any Chinese or other foreign entity. In fact, the University has never solicited any gifts for the Center.”

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