Michelle Malkin

As if the FBI bungling weren't enough, Newsweek's Michael Isikoff reports that Leung was also a key source for a special Justice Department campaign-finance task force during the Clinton-Gore years. Leung, Isikoff's sources say, "was the task force's chief source on prime target Ted Sioeng, a suspected Chinese 'agent of influence' whose family and businesses contributed $250,000 to the Democratic Party in 1996 and an additional $100,000 to a California GOP Senate candidate (Matt Fong). Leung and Sioeng (who sat next to Al Gore at his Buddhist-temple fund-raiser that year in Los Angeles) were 'close friends,' one source says."

Isikoff reports further: "Task-force prosecutors hoped to use Leung to lure Sioeng back into the United States in the spring of 1997. But the ruse failed -- apparently because Sioeng got suspicious -- and the case collapsed. Now FBI officials want to know if Leung sabotaged the probe and was actually protecting Sioeng."

Over the past 20 years, the FBI (or rather, American taxpayers) paid Leung $1.7 million in fees and expenses. She spent her money on a lavish house in tony San Marino and spread the wealth generously to Republican officeholders and candidates.

In 2002, she donated $2,000 to the conservative American Success Political Action Committee; $850 to the California Republican Party-Team California; $1,000 to the David Dreier for Congress Committee; and $600 to the National Republican Congressional Committee. In addition, she donated $10,000 to former Los Angeles Mayor (and nominal Republican) Richard Riordan's primary election campaign for governor. After GOP candidate Bill Simon beat Riordan in the March primary, Leung donated $4,200 to Simon and another $5,000 to the unsuccessful Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Bruce McPherson, plus $850 more to the state GOP.

Riordan and Simon refuse to comment about their relationship with Leung. Republican Party leaders have been mute on this national security nightmare. It is time for principled conservatives to speak and act. Reject political correctness and return the tainted cash now.


Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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