Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn is fighting to keep China out of America’s private data, as China experts warn that Beijing’s vast spy network is infiltrating nations all over the world through social media applications.
Republican Sen. Blackburn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, explained to Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo that China’s expansive spy network poses a direct threat to U.S. national security. Blackburn is right. The threat also appears to be the most dangerous faced by the U.S. in modern times as the Chinese communist government is also simultaneously doing the same in other parts of the world.
Bartiromo asked Blackburn about the ongoing controversy regarding the U.S. battle with China over the social media app TikTok, which President Donald Trump has threatened to ban unless it is managed or taken over by a U.S. entity. U.S. and western intelligence officials have noted that TikTok is being used by Beijing to collect data on its users.
According to recent reports, TikTok and Oracle will become business partners in the United States. The decision was announced Tuesday after Microsoft lost the deal to obtain about the short-form video app. However, the exact nature of the contract between TikTok and Oracle (ORCL) remains unclear. Reports suggest it was not an outright sale.
The complication with the deal, says Blackburn, along with other Senators opposed to the agreement, is that it appears to be a shell game that allows TikTok to remain with its developer China’s ByteDance company.
“The deal is you have to look at what ByteDance participation would be,” she said. “You have to look at what would happen with the data of U.S. consumers. How would this be transported is it held within the U.S.? Does ByteDance have visibility into that? Now CIFIUS (Committee On Foreign Investment In the United States) reviewed this yesterday, we do not know what they will come out with but we do know that Oracle is pushing to make this happen.”
“You know I’ve had concerns for some time about China,” she added. “I’m concerned about what they are doing with data, concerned about their spy networks. We do not need to let them get any type presence that is going to give them control over U.S. consumer data.”
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Hunter Biden Indicted on Federal Gun Charges Amidst Special Counsel Investigation
In a significant development, Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, was indicted on Thursday on federal gun charges as part of Special Counsel David Weiss’ ongoing investigation. The indictment alleges that Hunter Biden made false statements during the purchase of a firearm, among other charges.
The charges against Hunter Biden include:
• Making a false statement in the purchase of a firearm
• Making a false statement related to information required to be kept by a federal firearms licensed dealer
•Possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance
According to the indictment, the alleged incident occurred on or about October 12, 2018, in the District of Delaware. Hunter Biden is accused of knowingly making a false and fictitious written statement during the acquisition of a Colt Cobra 38SPL Revolver. According to reports from Fox News, the statement, submitted on Form 4473, falsely certified that he was not an unlawful user of, and addicted to, any stimulant, narcotic drug, or controlled substance.
Furthermore, the indictment further states that between October 12, 2018, and October 23, 2018, in the District of Delaware, Hunter Biden knowingly possessed the same firearm despite being an unlawful user of and addicted to controlled substances. This marks the first set of charges brought by Special Counsel David Weiss against Hunter Biden since being granted special counsel status.
The investigation came to public attention when it was reported by Fox News in 2021 that police had responded to an incident in 2018 involving a gun owned by Hunter Biden.
Reports state that, Hallie Biden, the widow of President Biden’s late son, Beau, who was in a relationship with Hunter at the time, discarded the gun. Hunter’s gun was thrown away in a dumpster near a market, located close to a school. It was subsequently revealed that Hunter Biden had purchased a gun earlier that same month.
Hunter Biden’s legal troubles do not end with the gun charges. Earlier in July, an original plea agreement collapsed, which would have seen him plead guilty to two misdemeanor tax counts for willful failure to pay federal income tax, thus avoiding jail time on a felony gun charge. Instead, he pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor tax charges and one felony gun charge.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed David Weiss as special counsel to oversee the Hunter Biden investigation and related matters. The White House has declined to comment on these developments, which continue to draw significant public and media attention.
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