Johnny Chung, a Chinese businessman who funneled illegal campaign cash for Bill’s reelection bid in 1996 was fearful that he would be killed so that he could not testify as to who knew what about the money. He decided to make a video to be released in case of his untimely and or suspicious death as an insurance policy.
That video was recently acquired allegedly by author and historian David Wead for his new book Game of Thorns. His book details the devastating loss of Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. The Mail Online has exclusively released the video Chung made in 2000 and smuggled to a friend just in case.
Chung is believed to be still living and in China, which tells me he wasn’t afraid of assassination by the Chinese. Of course that is just my opinion. But when you consider how many potential witnesses against the Clintons wound up dead, it is a possibility to be considered but not as proof of actual wrongdoing. Wead documents the long term relationship between the Clintons and the Chinese who tried to buy influence in Washington.
Wead provided excerpts from the film to Dailymail.com. The man with whom Chung made the tape, Bob Abernethy, a friend from his church, said it was right that it was shown.
In the never-before-released footage, Chung described how he feared for his life after he publicly admitted to funneling money from Chinese officials to President Bill Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign.
He also claimed Democrats pressured him to stay silent about his dealings with the Clintons and said the FBI tried to enlist him in a sting against a top Chinese general at a Los Angeles airport.
The video comes amid renewed interest in foreign influence in Washington, as some members of President Donald Trump’s team have been scrutinized for their associations with Russian officials.
The video grew out of a controversy in the mid-1990s when evidence surfaced that Chinese officials were pouring hundreds of thousands into then president Bill Clinton’s reelection campaign through American straw donors.
Chung, one of the main players in the ‘Chinagate’ scandal, was accused of giving over $300,000 to the Democratic National Committee on behalf of the head of China’s military intelligence agency during Clinton’s reelection bid.
Chung cooperated with the Department of Justice during the investigation, and was sentenced to five years of probation for campaign finance violations, bank fraud and tax evasion in 1998.
Chung was sent a warning about cooperation along with instructions on how to plead the fifth. Since every lawyer knows about the fifth, Chung took it as a threat.
From The Mail Online:
Chung described on the tape how Democrats on the House Committee on Government Reform tried to dissuade him from testifying publicly before the committee by sending his attorney a letter telling him he could plead the Fifth Amendment.
Chung said his attorney thought the letter was ‘ludicrous’ and a veiled threat from Washington Democrats that they wanted Chung to stay quiet.
‘My attorney is a fine and good attorney in the West Coast,’ said Chung. ‘Besides, every good American attorney, they know how to take the fifth…[the Democrats] sent a package to my attorney for one purpose.’
After Chung agreed to cooperate with prosecutors on the Chinagate investigation, he feared his knowledge of the Clinton campaign finance scandal and the Chinese influence operation could make him a target for assassination.