GOP Rep. Scott suggests alleged Biden family dealings with China could be treasonous

"China is no longer a competitor," Rep. Scott said. "They are an adversary."

Published: September 28, 2023 6:51pm

Updated: September 28, 2023 6:59pm

Georgia GOP Rep. Austin Scott suggested the Biden family's alleged efforts to help a Chinese company buy U.S. energy assets could be considered treasonous.

According to a report from Just the News, President Biden's brother, James Biden, told the FBI in an interview last year that he and Hunter Biden attempted to help the CEFC energy firm in China buy a liquid natural gas facility on Monkey Island off the coast of Louisiana.

"China is no longer a competitor," Scott said on the "John Solomon Reports" podcast. "They are an adversary."

"If you look at some of those ports in Louisiana, and I don't have a map in front of me, but like Port Fourchon, that area of Louisiana, just a tremendous portion of the energy that we use inside the United States come comes through those hubs," he said. "And the idea that you would help the Chinese acquire assets in that area to give, you know, an adversary... the ability to control the energy supply inside the United States... I don't understand how much more of a traitor you could be than to do such a thing."

James Biden further said that he personally met once with the company's chairman, Ye Jianming, according to the FBI interview report released by the committee.

"Can you imagine if someone with the last name of Trump had even known that such a purchase was being planned, much less participated in it?" Scott asked. "The outcry and the difference in the amount of coverage that would be going on right now would be immense."

Oklahoma GOP Rep. Josh Brecheen on Thursday echoed Scott's concerns over the revelations and noted that one need not be an incumbent officeholder or recipient of funds to be implicated in illicit dealings.

"The Corrupt Foreign Practices Act says that you don't have to be an office holder and be a recipient of funds yourself," he said on the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "If you have family members that are recipients of funds, then that's a violation of that federal statute."

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