GOP-touted witness in Hunter Biden laptop probe charged by DOJ in China lobbying scandal

By | July 10, 2023

The Messenger reports:

One of the witnesses trumpeted by House Republicans as a whistle-blower in the Hunter Biden laptop probe acted as an illegal foreign agent for China, federal prosecutors alleged in a criminal indictment unsealed on Monday.

Gal Luft, a U.S.-Israeli citizen and co-head of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security, a Maryland-based think tank, also stands accused of arms trafficking and sanctions violations by brokering the sale of Chinese-made weapons and Iranian oil to China, according to the 58-page, eight-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York.

The indictment unsealed Monday alleges Luft “engaged in multiple international criminal schemes, including a scheme to act within the United States to advance the interests of the People’s Republic of China (“China”) as agents of China-based principals, without registering as foreign agents as required under U.S. law.”

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The indictment also includes multiple references to former President Donald Trump, through his association with an “Individual-1,” a former senior advisor who appears to be former CIA director James Woolsey.

On Sept. 21, 2016, Ho sent Luft an email with the subject line “We nailed it!” bearing a link to an article announcing that Individual-1 was advising Trump, prosecutors say. Well after the election on Dec. 1, 2016, that person became senior advisor to Trump and was quoted saying “We want to joyfully participate with China in international trade operations and economic growth.”

China Daily quoted Woolsey on that date making that precise statement. [Continue reading…]

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