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Sen. Moynihan's daughter slams Feinstein for saying China is becoming 'respectable nation'

'Which side are you on?' Maura Moynihan challenges in a scathing open letter to California's senior senator.

Updated: August 7, 2020 - 2:44pm

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The daughter of the famed late New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan on Thursday issued a bracing rebuke of California Senator Dianne Feinstein, slamming her for her recent praise of communist-ruled China. 

Maura Moynihan, a journalist and film producer, said in the open letter that Feinstein's recent claim during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that China is becoming a "respectable nation" brought Moynihan "shock" and "horror." 

Moynihan, a lifelong progressive, has of late been sharply criticizing the Democratic Party, claiming the party's hands are "covered in blood" due to its lenience on the matter of China's well-documented human rights violations. Moynihan specifically criticized the Clinton administration's decision to delink human rights from trade policy toward China. 

Noting that Feinstein herself in the 1990s had explicitly advocated against revoking Chinese trading privileges over its human rights abuses, Moynihan in the letter asks the senator: "Are you more concerned about preserving financial support from Big Tech companies in Silicon Valley, which openly collaborate with the CCP to further enslave their people?"  

"Official records show that you are the 2nd wealthiest member of the Senate, with a net worth of $94 million," Moynihan continues, going on to ask whether Feinstein's "vigorous defense of the CCP" is due to the fact that the senator's husband Richard Blum's firm Newbridge Capital "has earned millions investing US capital markets and pension funds in China."

"As Democratic Senator from California, you have sworn to defend the United States from 'all enemies foreign and domestic,'" the letter states. "For decades, the CCP has declared the United States 'Enemy #1' in official statements, laying out their plans to 'destroy the US from within.' This is happening in every sphere of our society, in plain sight."

"Have the standards of conduct and human dignity fallen so low," Moynihan continues, "that the Senior Democratic Senator from California, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, hails Communist China as a 'respectable nation' with such brazen confidence, as our country has been brought to its knees by the CCP Virus, assured that ... not only will nobody notice, but worse, nobody will care?"

"Senator Feinstein, which side are you on?" the letter concludes.

Feinstein's office did not respond to emails on Friday asking for comment on the letter. Phone calls placed to her office also went unanswered.