FBI docs say China funded Kerry
Suggest exchange with Beijing for aerospace technology
Posted: August 28, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern
The legal watchdog group Judicial Watch announced the release of recently declassified documents that indicate Sen. John Kerry accepted laundered contributions from the communist Chinese government for his 1996 re-election campaign.
In exchange, Judicial Watch suspects, the presidential candidate might have arranged meetings between Chinese aerospace executives and U.S. government officials.
"These disturbing FBI documents raise further questions about Sen. Kerry's involvement in what looks like a quid pro quo [cash for meetings] with the communist Chinese," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
An Insight magazine report published by WND earlier this month revealed a new photograph has emerged showing the Massachusetts senator in Beijing working with a company associated with the Chinese military.
Judicial Watch obtained the FBI documents, related to the "Chinagate" investigation in the 1990s, through Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act.
The "Chinagate" probe looked into the Clinton campaign's acceptance of contributions from Chinese government sources.
Among the documents released is an investigative outline [PDF file] dated March 27, 1998, that details the FBI's "proposed areas of inquiry" into the actions of Democratic fund-raiser Johnny Chung.
Those include questioning Chung about meetings Kerry set up with China aerospace executives and about a fund-raising event for the senator in Los Angeles.
The other document, [PDF file] dated Aug. 24, 1998, requests a polygraph of Chung, mentioning he laundered contributions for the Clinton/Gore '96 election campaign and for Kerry.
Judicial Watch is appealing the FBI's decision to keep portions of the heavily redacted documents secret.
Chung pled guilty in March 1998 to election law violations and, in a plea bargain, began cooperating with the FBI.
The Washington, D.C.-based group represents Chung in a lawsuit against Justice Department officials who, during the Clinton administration, leaked information about Chung's cooperation with the department's Campaign Finance Task Force.