Chinagate is back in the news because of a new book and a secret tape made by one of the main actors in the scandal. Chinagate was a Clinton campaign finance scandal and Chinese influence operation.
The “Chinagate” fundraising scandal plagued the 1996 Bill Clinton-Al Gore campaign. Chinagate aka Commercegate is the most serious scandal in U.S. history. It involves the transfer of America’s most sensitive technology, including but not limited to nuclear missile and satellite technology, apparently in exchange for millions of dollars in contributions to the 1996 Clinton-Gore re-election effort and the Democratic National Committee.
The scandal included an apparent scheme by the Clinton administration to sell seats on taxpayer-funded trade missions in exchange for campaign contributions to the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign.
A fundraiser collecting funds illegally for the Clintons — Johnny Chung, who was involved in the Chinagate fundraising, made a secret tape because he feared being assassinated over what he knew and had agreed to testify. He used the tape to reveal the Democrats’ bid to silence him.
The Daily Mail obtained a video in which the convicted Clinton illegal fundraiser Johnny Chung gave secret testimony while in fear for his life.
Chung was accused of giving over $300,000 to the Democratic National Committee on behalf of the head of China’s military intelligence agency during Clinton’s reelection bid.
The Chinese-American was convicted of funneling money to Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election bid in a breach of campaign finance law — Chinagate.
The Chinagate scandal was the worst scandal in U.S. History.
A new book reveals that Chung spilled the beans because he thought he would be murdered. His FBI protection detail was suddenly removed a few days before he was scheduled to testify before a grand jury, which Chung said shocked even the judge. That’s when he made the video with a friend.
He didn’t want to end up dead like Ron Brown, Clinton’s commerce secretary.
He also claimed Democrats pressured him to stay silent about his dealings with the Clintons and said the FBI tried to enlist him in a sting against a top Chinese general at a Los Angeles airport.
Chung cooperated with the Department of Justice during the investigation, and was sentenced to five years of probation for campaign finance violations, bank fraud and tax evasion in 1998.
The video was obtained by author and historian Doug Wead for his new book Game of Thorns, which traces Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2016 campaign and the Chinese government’s long-running operation to buy political influence in Washington.