Reports are surfacing that the Trump administration is looking to expel employees of Chinese media outlets who work in the U.S. based on them being possible spies for the Chinese Communist Party.
This response from the White House stems from the world wide damage control efforts of Beijing as more reports show that the CCP failed to control the spread of COVID-19 within its borders and may in fact be libel for the current world wide pandemic and the financial collapse that it has caused.
Chinese efforts to detract COVID-19 responsibility include its Deputy Director of Information taking to Twitter to spread the conspiracy that the United States Army played a role in releasing the virus in Wuhan, expelling American journalists from both mainland China and Hong Kong, and releasing propaganda videos across social media which promote the idea that China is now the savior of the world.
The possible move towards expelling media members with ties to China are being heralded by the U.S. State Department. Morgan Ortagus who serves as the Spokeswoman for the State Department remarked on Twitter, “Propaganda outlets that report to the Chinese Communist Party are foreign agents, not “journalists.” Even General Secretary Xi says they “must speak for the Party.”
— Morgan Ortagus (@statedeptspox) March 26, 2020
In last few days, Ms. Ortagus and Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, have engaged in an information duel on Twitter
American intelligence officials have long asserted that many Chinese journalists in America, as well as abroad, play a role in which they not only provide reports for publications and media broadcasts in China, but also give information to the CCP’s intelligence agencies.
Forefront GOP Congressional Candidate Files Amicus Brief Against Maine Governor
The forefront Republican candidate to replace Democrat Congressman Jared Golden in Maine’s Second Congressional District has filed paper work against Maine Governor Janet Mills.
Adrienne Bennett announced that she has filed a brief of amicus curiae in the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of local central Maine church’s motion for a temporary restraining order against Governor Janet Mills.
“This is a dangerous moment where Governor Mills is arguing that certain emergencies allow her to trample on the constitutionally protected rights of Mainers. Our churches and all people of faith need to know that when their rights are violated, they are not alone. We must fight back,” said the Republican candidate for Congress.
“Janet Mills is not the head of the church. Her government cannot dictate how, when or to whom we worship. She cannot discriminate against houses of worship and treat them lesser than secular institutions. I urge the court to intervene. We will fight this all the way to the Supreme Court, if necessary.”
Bennett is being represented by Maine attorney Stephen C. Whiting of The Whiting Law Firm who had this to say about the brief filed against Governor Janet Mills, “While the Governor certainly has an interest in protecting public health, all Mainers also have an interest in seeing their Constitutional rights upheld. The Governor cannot use her power to protect public health in a manner that arbitrarily deprives Mainers of the right to free exercise of religion. Therefore, the public interest favors granting Appellant’s motion and preventing further violations of First Amendment freedoms.”
Earlier in the month Pastor Ken Graves and Calvary Chapel of Orrington, Maine filed a federal lawsuit that challenges Maine’s governor Janet Mills closure of places of worship as means to end the spread of COVID-19 in Maine. That story was covered by Big League Politics and can be read here.
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