The House Committee on Education and Workforce announced that it is investigating the possibility that the University of Pennsylvania violated laws after President Biden’s classified documents were found at the Penn Biden Center in Washington D.C. Committee Chair, Virginia Foxx (R-NC), requested documents from Education Secretary Miguel Cardona for any communications or information that was shared between the department and the Penn Biden Center over President Biden’s document scandal. After the initial scandal was revealed, it was discovered that millions of dollars were provided to UPenn by China. This led Republicans to raise serious concerns that the documents could have been leaked to China, raising national security concerns. In a letter to the Department of Education, other members of the committee, such as Reps. Jim Banks, James Comer, and Michelle Steel vowed to leave ‘no stone unturned’ in their fight to ensure transparency over the classified documents scandal and that America’s foreign adversaries have no power over American students.
By Charlie McCarthy; February 24, 2023
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce is investigating whether the University of Pennsylvania violated any laws as a result of classified documents being found at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C.
Chair Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., wrote Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Friday to request documents and communications between the department and Penn concerning the classified records.
“The Department of Education has once again demonstrated that it has no intention of exposing the lack of integrity of American institutions,” Foxx told Newsmax. “Despite uncovering millions in contributions provided to UPenn from China, the Department appears to be putting political interests over the serious national security threat our foreign adversaries pose on college campuses.
“The Department has shirked its duty to enforce the law, but this Committee will leave no stone unturned as we work to ensure that students are free from communist influence.”
Reps. Jim Banks, R-Ind., James Comer, R-Ky., and Michelle Steel, R-Calif., co-signed the letter.
“We are concerned with the University of Pennsylvania’s (UPenn) involvement in the matter and whether the institution violated section 117 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, breaking the barrier between academic freedom and national security,” Foxx said in the letter.
“Coincidentally, less than a month prior to Attorney General [Merrick] Garland’s appointment of a special counsel to investigate the matter, your Department of Education (Department) announced it was abandoning robust scrutiny of section 117 violations and was moving section 117 enforcement efforts from the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) to the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA). FSA was never designed to handle such serious matters and it does not have the capability or expertise needed to do so.”
Foxx added: “The relocation of the enforcement activities to FSA was done despite the fact that enforcement efforts undertaken by the OGC led to the reporting of $6.5 billion in previously undisclosed foreign contributions, including foreign contributions made to UPenn.
“Indeed, following the Center’s launch in 2017, UPenn saw a nearly 400 percent increase in reportable gifts and contracts. This alarming spike in foreign donations also included approximately $22 million in anonymous donations from China.”
CBS News reported in January that Garland had assigned the U.S. attorney in Chicago to review about 10 documents marked classified that were found Nov. 2 at the Penn Biden Center.
Some documents found at the Washington, D.C., think tank, where then-former Vice President Joe Biden used an office, were labeled top secret, CBS News said.
In her letter, Foxx also slammed Cardona and the Biden administration.
“Your actions in light of these revelations are yet another example of this administration’s failure to protect students, institutions, and taxpayers against threats posed by our foreign adversaries on college campuses,” Foxx wrote.