Progressive House Democrats urge Biden against Defense chief with contractor ties

A pair of progressive House Democrats is urging President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBrewery launches new Biden beer described as ‘inoffensive and not too bitter’ Deb Haaland says ‘of course’ she would serve as Interior secretary under Biden State Department won’t give Biden messages from foreign leaders: report MORE not to nominate a Pentagon chief who has previously worked for a defense contractor.

“Respectfully, and in full agreement with your past statements, we write to request that the next secretary of Defense have no prior employment history with a defense contractor,” Reps. Mark PocanMark William PocanCutting defense spending by 10 percent would debilitate America’s military Progressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS ‘human rights abuses’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Facebook – Barrett touts independence to sidestep confirmation questions MORE (D-Wis.) and Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeProgressives unveil Biden Cabinet wish list Pressure grows on California

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It Looks Like Hunter’s Company Facilitated Sale of Strategic US Manufacturer to a Chinese Defense Contractor

Newly released emails sourced from former Hunter Biden associate Bevan Cooney reveal a shockingly short-sighted business “deal” that saw a strategic manufacturer in the United States sold off to an aeronautics and defense company controlled by the government of China.

The revelations come at the worst possible time for Hunter’s father, embattled Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Following the elder Biden’s less-than-stellar performance during Thursday’s presidential debate, the emails, published Friday by Breitbart, raise questions about how detrimental his family’s business ties can be to the United States.

The emails detail some of what went on behind closed doors when strategic American manufacturer Henniges Automotive was being purchased by a Chinese state-owned company in 2015.

Because of Henniges’ capacity to produce military hardware, approval from the Committee of Foreign Investment in the U.S. was needed to finish the deal, according to Breitbart.

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Defense Contractor Accused Of PPP Fraud Can Go Free On $2 Million Bail

A federal judge decided Friday that a Honolulu-based defense contractor accused of bilking the Paycheck Protection Program of $12.8 million can be released on $2 million bond while he awaits trial.

Martin Kao, the CEO of Navatek LLC faces multiple counts of bank fraud and money laundering for allegedly falsifying loan documents used to gain access to federal funds meant to help small businesses survive the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

He was arrested by federal agents in Honolulu on Wednesday and is being held in the Federal Detention Center. The detention hearing was held via telephone on Friday morning.

Martin Kao is seen here in a 2013 interview with Hawaii News Now.

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Federal prosecutors argued that Kao was a flight risk and that he should not be released from federal custody because he has millions of dollars in assets and legal status in Taiwan,

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