(FiveNation.com)- According to a report from Just the News, the University of Pennsylvania, which received tens of millions of dollars in donations from China around the time it created the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington where some of Biden’s classified documents were found, successfully pressured the Justice Department to shut down the FBI’s “China Initiative” last year.
In February 2022, Attorney General Merrick Garland closed down the China Initiative, the counterespionage program that targeted Beijing’s influence operations primarily on US college campuses.
Just two weeks before Garland announced its closure, over 160 faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania signed an open letter demanding the China Initiative be closed claiming that it was “fueling biases” that “raise concerns about racial profiling.”
Other universities, including MIT and Harvard, had also requested that the China Initiative be shut down.
From 2014 through June 2019, the University of Pennsylvania received $54.6 million in donations from China, nearly half of which, 23.1 million, were anonymous gifts.
Ironically, the majority of the anonymous Chinese donations began around the time the university announced that it was creating the DC think tank, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
The Penn Biden Center was created in February 2017 shortly after Joe Biden’s term as vice president ended, and opened its doors a year later.
President Biden’s current Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, briefly served as the Center’s managing director.
According to public records, in the year The Penn Biden Center opened, the University of Pennsylvania received $15.8 million in anonymous donations from China, including a single $14.5 million donation in May 2018.
Last spring, University of Pennsylvania spokesman Stephen MacCarthy denied that any of the money from anonymous Chinese donors went to the Penn Biden Center, arguing that the Center has neither solicited nor received any gifts from any foreign entities and the university doesn’t solicit donations for the Center.