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Pompeo: WHO sided with Chinese and failed to prevent pandemic

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Sunday Night in America to talk China with host Trey Gowdy. The interview naturally flowed to the origins of the COVID-19 virus.

“I think the most likely case is it came from this laboratory and then the Chinese Communist Party covered it up,” Pompeo told Gowdy. “They were conducting bioweapons research there, this is really dangerous stuff.”

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Meanwhile, with accusations of starting a global pandemic looming over them, the Wuhan Virology Institute hasn’t slowed down. “As far as I know, that lab is still operating,” Pompeo said.

Gowdy asked Pompeo if the U.S. has any leveraging power with China that would open the door to further investigations. The former Secretary of State said: “we have many.”

“It started for us with getting out of the World Health Organization, an institution that utterly failed in the one job that it had: preventing a pandemic,” Pompeo said. “At a moment of crisis, at the crunch point, they sided with Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party and not with the world and their mission statement.”

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Moreover, Pompeo added that there are economic tools that could arouse cooperation. “You know, the Chinese leadership, Trey, loves nothing better than to have their children study in our schools or their wives come shop here in the U.S.,” Pompeo said. “We have lots of ways to impose real cost on the Chinese Communist Party.”

But, even the former secretary admitted “it’s gonna be difficult because the Chinese Communist Party does not want us to know what happened yet. They began the cover-up at least by early January of 2020 for sure.” He said he hoped to see a “brave Chinese person” who can leak the information someday.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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DOJ federal indictment connects Sinaloa Cartel and Chinese ‘underground banking’

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The Justice Department (DOJ) announced a huge connection between Chinese organized crime and the Sinaloa drug cartel. In a press release the DOJ reported a 10-count superseding indictment charging Los Angeles-based associates of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel with conspiring with money-laundering groups linked to Chinese underground banking to launder drug trafficking proceeds. During the conspiracy, more than $50 million in drug proceeds flowed between the Sinaloa Cartel associates and Chinese underground money exchanges.”

The indictment was the result of a multi-year investigation into the conspiracy—dubbed “Operation Fortune Runner”— unsealed on Monday charging a total of 24 defendants with one count of conspiracy to aid and abet the distribution of cocaine and methamphetamine, one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and one count of conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business, according to the press release.

“Dangerous drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine are destroying people’s lives but drug traffickers only care about their profits,” said United States Attorney Martin Estrada. “To protect our community, therefore, it is essential that we go after the sophisticated, international criminal syndicates that launder the drug money. As this indictment and our international actions show, we will be dogged in our pursuit of all those who facilitate destruction in our country and make sure they are held accountable for their actions.”

“Drug traffickers generate immense amounts of cash through their illicit operations. This case is a prime example of Chinese money launderers working hand in hand with drug traffickers to try to legitimize profits generated by drug activities,” said Chief Guy Ficco of IRS Criminal Investigation. “We have made it a priority to identify, disrupt, and dismantle any money launderers working with drug cartels and we are committed to our partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to combat drug cartels and those who assist them in laundering drug proceeds.”

The Justice.Gov website explains of the indictment: “Following close coordination with the Justice Department, Chinese and Mexican law enforcement informed United States authorities that those countries recently arrested fugitives named in the superseding indictment who fled the United States after they were initially charged last year.”

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