The U.S. Education Department has ordered Georgetown University and Texas A&M University to disclose years of financial records as part of the government entity’s formal investigation into foreign funding at American educational institutions.
According to the Associated Press, both schools were sent letters indicating the Trump administration’s concerns – which recently came into the spotlight after media reports unveiled years of financial backing from Middle Eastern and other foreign countries — that they have not fully reported foreign gifts and contracts they received to the federal government.
Specifically, the letters acquired by the AP accused the schools of failing to report gifts and contract they had obtained which were tied to their branch campuses in the Gulf nation Qatar.
The Department of Education requires that all post-secondary schools report foreign gifts of $250,000 or more from a single source within a calendar year of receiving them.
Georgetown has reportedly received nearly $333 million from Qatar since 2011. Federal law requires colleges and universities to report gifts or contracts with foreign sources over $5250,000 or more annually. This funding has allowed the school to open the Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), which is located in the nation’s capital, Doha.
The AP also noted that “Nearly all of Georgetown’s foreign money reported for 2018 came from sources in Qatar, including $33 million from the Qatar Foundation, a nonprofit that has a partnership with Georgetown to support the school’s campus in Qatar.” The Qatar foundation is headed by Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
However, Qatar – a nation suspected of having international links to terrorism — is not the only nation from which records of funding are being requested. Federal investigators are reportedly also demanding records of funding from China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.
A bipartisan Senate report earlier this year found that nearly 70 percent of U.S. schools took money from a Chinese propaganda program, namely the Ministry of Education Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban in Chinese), and broke the law by failing to properly disclose this to the Department of Education.
According to the report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations Since 2006, the Subcommittee determined China directly provided over $158 million in funding to U.S. schools for Confucius Institutes.
Further, the report found that former member of the Chinese government, Li Changchun, said in a 2011 speech that “Confucius Institutes are an important part of China’s overseas propaganda set-up” and that the program “has made an important contribution toward improving our soft power … Using the excuse of teaching Chinese language, everything looks reasonable and logical.”
Both Georgetown and Texas A&M were also asked to disclose funding from Huawei and ZTE, Chinese firms suspected of spying.
Georgetown was reportedly also asked about possible ties to Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, as well as Saudi Arabian money.
In October it was reported that Georgetown — a Jesuit Catholic university — received $20 million to set up the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (CMCU), named after the patron who donated the second-largest gift in university history at the time.
According to the Department of Education, the top foreign funders of American universities between 2011-2016 are Qatar ($1,024,065,043), England ($761,584,394), Saudi Arabia ($613,608,797), China ($426,526,085), Canada ($402,535,603), and Hong Kong ($394,446,859).
Georgetown released a statement in response to the letter saying it “takes seriously its reporting obligations and provides all information as required by the Department of Education every six months.”
Texas A&M also issued a statement. “We just received the document today from the U.S. Department of Education and are reviewing it. We are fully cooperating with the inquiry.”
Buffalo Police Officers are Back on Payroll After Encounter with Far-Left Activist Who Took a Fall
This is good news for the rule of law.
Buffalo, N.Y. officers Aaron Torgalski and Robert McCabe, who were suspended last month following an encounter with a left-wing agitator, are back on payroll despite being hit with felony assault charges.
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. filed the charges to appease the mob, but law enforcement has stood with Torgalski and McCabe. Hundreds of cops have lent their support to the duo, and a petition in favor of their reinstatement has been signed 2,700 times. Capt. Jeff Rinaldo confirmed on Monday that the men are back on the city’s payroll.
57 Buffalo police officers resigned from the city’s Emergency Response Team after Torgalski and McCabe were suspended for attempting to keep the peace against the mob.
“Fifty-seven resigned in disgust because of the treatment of two of their members, who were simply executing orders,” said John Evans, president of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association.
The fake news media rallied around 75-year-old Martin Gugino after he did his fall following a police encounter at a Black Lives Matter (BLM) rally last month. However, President Donald Trump never bought the hype, suggesting in a controversial tweet that Gugino staged the incident to demonize law enforcement.
Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2020
Former FBI agent Gary DiLaura echoed the President’s sentiments, saying that Torgalski and McCabe showed impressive restraint while dealing with Gugino as he accosted them.
“I can’t believe that they didn’t deck him. If that would have been a 40-year-old guy going up there, I guarantee you they’d have been all over him,” DiLaura said.
“He absolutely got away lightly. He got a light push and in my humble opinion, he took a dive and the dive backfired because he hit his head. Maybe it’ll knock a little bit of sense into him,” continued the ex-fed, who has trained Buffalo police on proper defensive tactics when dealing with threats.
“These cops were acting how they have been trained to act. There’s no way they are going to be convicted of assault,” DiLaura added.
Gugino also has a long history of arrests due to his left-wing activism. He has a long record of being involved with illicit and unlawful demonstrations but was ultimately shielded for the consequences of his behavior because of lax criminal justice policies.
Buffalo reinstating pay for Torgalski and McCabe is a good sign for the rule of law, but they must be exonerated completely for justice to truly be served against the left-wing mob.
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