In January of 2016, when Hillary Clinton was a private citizen, persons in her presidential campaign coordinated with a group of people, one of whom was in contact with the Chinese ambassador, who wanted
to have an informal, private, off the record get together with a few of us to discuss the next year and the current state of US-China affairs. He asked me to host a social meal at my house in the next month. He was fairly insistent and indicated that he wanted to pass along some perspectives. [emphasis added to quotes]
At the time, this “working” group, Clinton’s “shadow foreign policy team,” included
senior former officials who have more frequent interaction with the campaign leadership and Clinton herself. Many of these advisers aren’t publicly affiliated with the campaign because they have leadership roles with organizations that have not endorsed any candidate for president. …
Clinton, Sullivan and campaign chairman John Podesta [were] in regular contact with former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Other former top officials include Michelle Flournoy, who was undersecretary of defense for policy; Kurt Campbell, who was assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific; and Nicholas Burns, who was undersecretary of state for political affairs. One source close to the campaign described the interactions as “studiously informal but regular.”
Campbell is the person who was in touch with the Chinese ambassador. The news of this potential meeting came from an email chain reported by Wikileaks, which obtained email records from Clinton campaign leader John Podesta.
Did this “chili and cornbread” cookout take place? Was Clinton there? Was Podesta? Not known at the moment, apparently. Will the mainstream media ask? Will they investigate Clinton and her associates for their potentially illegal contact with the (Red) Chinese ambassador? What exactly was discussed in communications between the ambassador and Clinton’s supporters, campaign aids, and “informal” campaign “shadow foreign policy team?” Will Trump ask the FBI to begin an investigation into these potentially illegal contacts? Will Clinton be called before Congress to be questioned?
Surely the mainstream media will give this as much, if not more, scrutiny than was applied to former National Security Adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn’s conversations with the Russian ambassador. After all, Flynn’s conversations took place after the election, when he served on President Trump’s transition team. All transition teams speak with foreign leaders and their representatives, for obvious reasons–to smooth the transition to the new government. As Trump was then president-elect, he held at least quasi-authority as the incoming president, as did his transition team. However, the same cannot be said for losing candidate Clinton.
What did Clinton know and when did she know it? Did her campaign staff illegally (per the Logan Act) interfere with Obama’s foreign policy, with regard to China? What did Clinton or her team, who expected to win the election, potentially promise China under a Clinton administration?
Enquiring minds want to know. While Congress is investigating potential links between Trump’s campaign and the Russians, they should equally investigate potential links between Clinton’s campaign and the Red Chinese.