Jim Banks (R-Ind.), A member of the House Armed Services Committee, has asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to explain Huawei’s CFO Meng Wanzu’s release in an open letter (PDF) published Sept. 2.
On September 3, the Department of Justice (DOJ) allowed Meng to return to China after being detained in Canada by the US government almost three years ago. Meng was awaiting extradition to the United States for Huawei’s role in violating US sanctions against Iran through a shell company.
The DOJ said it had reached a suspended prosecution agreement with Meng, where he had agreed to most of the charges against him, maintaining a formal denial of the original allegations of bank and cable fraud.
Shortly after Meng’s release, the Chinese authorities released two Canadians detained in China shortly after Meng’s arrest in Canada. It is believed that Meng’s release marks a victory for the Chinese regime’s “hostage diplomacy” strategy.
In the midst of the controversy, the banks issued an official letter to Garland asking him to explain the DOJ’s agreement to release Meng.
“There is incredible evidence that Huawei has violated our laws and that Meng Wanzhou has tried to cover it up,” the letter said.
“Maine acknowledged his role in concealing Huawei’s direct agreement with Iran and helping to violate US sanctions,” the letter said.
Banks noted that in return, the DOJ suspended the prosecution, allowed Meng to return to China, and the case against him could be withdrawn soon. Meng was welcomed back to China as a “hero”. He said Meng did not receive “a slap in the wrist” for such a serious crime.
Banks wrote that he was “deeply concerned” by the DOJ’s message to the world through the release of Meng.
“The United States is promoting any criminal that we are not too serious about enforcing our sanctions law,” he wrote. “This is a dream come true for Iran, Hamas, Russia, North Korea and all other entities that have been the victims of our sanctions.”
The bankers also noted that two hours after Meng’s release, the Chinese authorities released two Canadians who had been detained in China since December 2011. .
He expressed deep concern over the hostage diplomacy of Communist China and the security of Americans in China.
“Congress needs to know the details of the agreement reached with the Chinese government and how it could be held hostage by the Chinese Communist Party in the future,” he wrote.
Banks claimed that Garland “will share all documents and communications between the DOJ and the White House and State Department regarding this lawsuit in the next 15 days, from January 20, 2021 to September 27, 2021.”
The DOJ did not respond to a letter from the bank during the press conference.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times