Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to resign earlier this year after pro-China officials within the Trump administration attempted to deport dissident Chinese billionaire and businessman Guo Wengui.
Guo, who claims to have potentially valuable information on top Chinese officials and business magnates, as well as North Korea, is currently living in New York City in self-imposed exile.
An outspoken critic of the current Communist Party leadership in the People’s Republic of China, Guo goes under the adopted name of Miles Kwok and accuses several officials loyal to current Gen. Secretary Xi Jinping of rampant corruption.
Guo reportedly got along well with the regime of Xi’s predecessor, Hu Jintao. For months, he has been waging a social media campaign against the leaders of his country from his reputed $78 million apartment.
Chinese authorities have been ramping up pressure against the fugitive tycoon, who has vowed to expose sensitive information concerning top party officials unless the government frees his employees and family members, currently held in a Chinese prison on charges that they falsified bank documents.
In America, Guo is facing lawsuits brought by mainland Chinese plaintiffs in New York state courts to the tune of roughly US$5.3 billion. In a video that emerged in April, a jailed ex-Chinese spy can be seen making a lengthy “confession” that further implicates Guo. It is also rumored that Guo, who has a looming INTERPOL warrant for his arrest, is facing prosecution if he returns to China.
According to an unnamed source, The Washington Times reported that Sessions told administration officials during a meeting in the spring that he would resign before agreeing to send Guo back to China.
Officials at the White House and State Department, who themselves have been the targets of an intense, influential operation by China, seeking the return of Guo, reportedly attempted to pressure Sessions to have the man deported.
China has been pressuring the Trump White House on the matter since earlier this year, using American business leaders with interests in China to lobby the U.S. government.
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