The decade-long House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into China will have a new focus this year, according to Ranking Member Devin Nunes, R-Ca. The congressman announced in an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo that he and other House Republicans will begin investigating U.S. corporations’ role in relying on supply chains that fuel China and undermine U.S. interests.
Nunes criticized corporations for pushing “Marxist ideologies that they’re teaching our children” while at the same time exploiting the Uyghur Muslims for slave labor.
“It’s not just the slave labor and the cheap labor, it’s also a genocide going on over there that these big U.S. corporations are fully taking advantage of, while in the meantime supporting this BLM, critical race theory nonsense running around the country,” Nunes said. “It’s so hypocritical.”
Nunes told The Federalist the decisions big corporations make in regards to China are not just hypocritical but also pose an enormous national security threat.
“Corporate America is a target of China’s malign influence campaign, and unfortunately, we’re finding that some U.S. corporations are willing participants. Beijing’s influence on corporate America, and China’s overall role in the U.S. supply chain, are significant national security threats that the Biden Administration needs to take much more seriously,” he said.
Nunes said the investigation will primarily look at technology, agriculture, and pharmaceutical sectors, with the goal of alerting about a dozen companies this week and potentially up to four dozen by the end of the investigation.
“Hopefully they will participate in this investigation because the Republicans here in Congress, in order to do real oversight, we need to be able to get into the weeds to truly understand what are those supply chains concerns,” Nunes said. “Should these corporations really be relying on supply chains and Chinese influence and what does that do for the United States of America? It could really put us in national security danger; in fact, I know that’s the case.”
Although the investigation into U.S. corporations is ongoing, Nunes said other findings by the House Intelligence Committee Republicans’ investigation throughout the years should worry all Americans. Last year, the primary focus of the investigation was to see if China was responsible for the origins of COVID-19.
“If the origins of the China virus have not woken America up yet, I don’t know what will,” Nunes said.
Corporations like Coca-Cola, Apple, and Nike lobbied against the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act last November. Last week, Nike Chief Executive Officer John Donahoe defended his company’s relationship with Communist China, saying “Nike is a brand that is of China and for China.”
Maggie Hroncich is an intern at The Federalist and a student at Hillsdale College.