Biden, Napolitano involved in McAuliffe arm-twisting at DHS?

posted at 5:31 pm on August 10, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The New York Times provides a little more background on the efforts by former Democratic Party chair Terry McAuliffe to secure EB-5 visas — and a little more of the scope, too.  When McAuliffe and other GreenTech officials met with US Customs and Immigrations Services chief Alejandro Mayorkas, they didn’t land the meeting from their own personal charm alone.  According to whistleblowers sending information to Senator Charles Grassley, McAuliffe got some help from Vice President Joe Biden’s office, and a boost from Mayorkas’ boss, outgoing DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano:

He and his lawyers sent a stream of e-mails to a senior official in charge of approving foreign investments that Mr. McAuliffe sought, and he went up the chain of command to Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, documents show. …

He reached out to Ms. Napolitano and to a White House liaison to clean energy companies — a meeting that a GreenTech lawyer said was set up through Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

“Terry knew somebody in Biden’s office and that’s how the meeting got coordinated,” said the lawyer, Stephen Yale-Loehr.

That wasn’t the only involvement of Napolitano in the process.  When McAuliffe and his team sat down with Mayorkas, Napolitano made an appearance, and apparently an impression:

When a meeting finally took place in 2011, the official seemed to burn with resentment that Mr. McAuliffe went over his head, recalled Charles Wang, the president of the car company. … The official Mr. McAuliffe and Mr. Wang met with in 2011, Alejandro Mayorkas, is the focus of an internal Homeland Security Department investigation into whether he gave GreenTech special treatment, which he denies.

As their meeting was wrapping up, Ms. Napolitano popped into the room to say hello, Mr. Wang said. Later, Mr. Mayorkas issued a favorable ruling that cleared the way for GreenTech to recruit more foreign investors.

It’s not just that Mayorkas issued “a favorable ruling.” He overruled a denial from his own team at USCIS to approve GreenTech’s EB-5 applications, a key change that allowed McAuliffe to bring badly-needed capital into his company.  That capital came from a Chinese company that had been accused of connections to PRC’s intelligence and military, a company that Barack Obama’s campaign attacked Mitt Romney for its connections to Bain long after Romney had left Bain management.

Biden’s office and Napolitano herself seemed pretty interested in getting McAuliffe his cash and his EB-5 visas. It would have been remarkable if Mayorkas hadn’t bent to that kind of pressure.  Grassley’s chances of getting the Senate to investigate this deal and the involvement of Napolitano and Biden approach nil, but perhaps the House can take up where Grassley leaves off.


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It’s a big web of crime, corruption and coverup.

TX-96 on August 10, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Dudes who got the visas paid $500K each for capital investment…how much an to whom for bribes? McAullife’s company up and running is it? How many jobs created? Wonder if Terry-boy used a little of the moolah to get his campaign underway for Va gov>

gracie on August 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Grassley’s chances of getting the Senate to investigate this deal and the involvement of Napolitano and Biden approach nil, but perhaps the House can take up where Grassley leaves off.

Yep, not as long as Honest Dirty Harry is running the senate.

GarandFan on August 10, 2013 at 5:54 PM

It really is time for the pitchforks in dc and voting out all incumbents.

tim c on August 10, 2013 at 5:54 PM

…they ALL should be President!

KOOLAID2 on August 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Look, I realize now that that is Napolitano in the picture, but … when I first glanced at it I thought “Hm. Why am I not surprised Joe Biden has a ‘special needs’ son?”

M240H on August 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Regardless of a Dem Senate that will never touch this, document it all now and save it for 2016.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Regardless of a Dem Senate that will never touch this, document it all now and save it for 2016.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

and remind the good peeps of Va about their dem candidate for gov…what a clever businessman….

gracie on August 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM

The New York Times provides

…it’s odd that lately…all of a sudden…the rest of the media doesn’t want to take the NYT stories and run with them!…wonder why?

KOOLAID2 on August 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM

…the current leaders are truly a political crime family !

KOOLAID2 on August 10, 2013 at 6:36 PM

A web of corruption. This government under the demoncrats stinks to high heaven.

jake49 on August 10, 2013 at 6:38 PM

If this number drops even the blacks will be considered “racists”.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Biden is often portrayed in the liberal media as an amiable buffoon. His gaffes are written off as Joe simply being Joe — a loveable uncle figure who has a tendency to shoot his mouth off. That is pernicious nonsense. Mr. Biden is a cynical opportunist, who will say and do anything to advance Mr. Obama’s agenda.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Grassley’s chances of getting the Senate to investigate this deal and the involvement of Napolitano and Biden approach nil, but perhaps the House can take up where Grassley leaves off.

Sure thing, Issa will be more than happy to oblige organize a committee and conduct another costly, time consuming and virtually meaningless investigation.

hawkeye54 on August 10, 2013 at 6:42 PM

That is pernicious nonsense. Mr. Biden is a cynical opportunist, who will say and do anything to advance Mr. Obama’s agenda.

What he does behind closed doors to advance the agenda is far from buffoonery.

hawkeye54 on August 10, 2013 at 6:43 PM

To be GOVERNED is to be kept in sight, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so. . .

To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, enrolled, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.

It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, squeezed, mystified, robbed;

then, at the slightest resistance,….the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, despised, harassed, tracked, abused, clubbed, disarmed, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, outraged, dishonored.

That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 10, 2013 at 6:57 PM

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 10, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Connecting Idiots.

I think your original caption may have been a typo.

a5minmajor on August 10, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Whole E Chit Lois Lerner speaks about Obama Admin putting pressure on the IRS prior to the 2010 elections.

Yikes. Breitbart LIVES!

Key West Reader on August 10, 2013 at 8:10 PM

According to whistleblowers…

Yeah, the folks who neoCons and Bushies say are traitors and should be hung.

Weren’t for them, we wouldn’t know about any of this stuff that’s going on.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Biden is often portrayed in the liberal media as an amiable buffoon. His gaffes are written off as Joe simply being Joe — a loveable uncle figure who has a tendency to shoot his mouth off. That is pernicious nonsense. Mr. Biden is a cynical opportunist, who will say and do anything to advance Mr. Obama’s agenda.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2013 at 6:40 PM

The odd bit here, on the surface, is what’s really in it for Biden? Why go out of the way to help someone who’s a proven shady operator if Biden’s still holding on to that fantasy of winning the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

McAuliffe was, and still is, a Clinton loyalist, so it’s not as if boosting Terry’s net worth or even his hopes for the Virginia governor’s mansion is going to earn Sheriff Joe brownie points in 2015-16. Biden could give McAuliffe all the help in the world and he’s still going to support, and help raise cash, for Hillary.

jon1979 on August 10, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Have Nutpolitano and Slow Joe asked Shrillary to call Terry in the middle of the night and whisper “Fort Marcy Park” just like old times?

viking01 on August 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM

sleazmeister

hillbillyjim on August 11, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Boy, those are two of the most lost looking, clueless looking guys in that picture at the top of this article.

avagreen on August 11, 2013 at 6:48 AM

I swear I heard Biden say “If I had a daughter she would look like Janet”

NOMOBO on August 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM