When news broke that classified documents were found in President Joe Biden’s former office at the Penn Biden Center, the scandal was soon compounded by evidence that Chinese sources donated millions of dollars to the University of Pennsylvania, which operates the D.C. think tank.
The entire situation raised serious concerns — particularly among Biden’s GOP critics — that foreign adversaries could have had access to U.S. secrets.
This week, a new report by the Washington Free Beacon revealed that another university with close ties to the president was also the recipient of huge sums of money from China, as well as several other nations with hostilities toward the United States.
According to documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Delaware has received more than $6.7 million from China since 2017, when it launched the Biden Institute. The domestic policy think tank is currently chaired by the president’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens.
During the same period, the university also took in a staggering $23,610,996 from sources within Saudi Arabia. Other foreign donations included more than $2.5 million from Oman and nearly $1.7 million from Turkey.
The revelation has already sparked calls for action from a number of government watchdog organizations that hope to determine whether any of those foreign donations made their way to the Biden Institute. For its part, however, the University of Delaware has refused to disclose relevant information and insists that the privately funded think tank is not required by law to provide it.
National Legal and Policy Center’s Paul Kamenar asserted that the “secrecy surrounding the suspected foreign funding of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware is on par with that of the Penn Biden Center of the University of Pennsylvania,” calling on House Republicans to launch an investigation “to uncover the dark money in both cases, particularly from China.”
This is not the first time that the University of Delaware has come under scrutiny during the Biden administration.
Just last month, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to the classified documents scandal by requesting a review of 1,875 boxes of materials Biden donated to the university more than a decade ago to determine whether they contained any sensitive materials.