The longtime employee of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who reportedly was investigated for spying for China while she was chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, apparently was no lowly “driver” assigned to the San Francisco office.
According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, the former employee who aligns most closely with the details provided about the “spy” is longtime staff liaison to the Asian-American community Russell Lowe.
The Daily Caller said it investigated the details provided about the staffer who’s accused of relaying information to Chinese intelligence services while working for Feinstein.
Lowe worked for 20 years in Feinstein’s San Francisco office, where he was a staff liaison to the Asian-American community. He was fired about five years ago.
All those details match up with the descriptions of the Chinese spy Feinstein reportedly employed,” the Daily Caller reported.
Politico Magazine broke the story, reporting Chinese intelligence “once recruited a staff member at a California office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, and the source reported back to China about local politics.”
The Daily Caller said that since then, more details have emerged about the alleged spy, including that he worked for Feinstein for 20 years, attended Chinese consulate functions for the senator’ and was fired five years ago.
“All of those details point to Lowe, who was listed on Feinstein’s payroll as an ‘office director’ in 2013, according to records maintained by the Sunlight Foundation,” the report said.
Feinstein has insisted the “spy” had no access to sensitive information and was never prosecuted.
The Daily Caller said Lowe now works with the Education for Social Justice Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit. The organization focuses on “educating the public on the Japanese military’s ‘comfort women’ system, which forced over 200,000 girls and women from at least 13 Asian countries into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army before and during WWII.”
The Daily Caller said Lowe didn’t respond to a request for comment.
After the initial reports, President Trump reacted at an Ohio rally Saturday evening, chiding Feinstein.
“Speaking of China, it just came out that the Democratic leader and the leader of the Russian investigation, Dianne Feinstein, had a Chinese spy as her driver for 20 years! And she’s leading the Russian investigation if that’s what you call it. How about she’s leading the Russia witch hunt!”
The story got the attention Monday of talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh.
“She’s got a Chi-Com spy driving her around for 20 years, and we’re talking about Russians?!” he said.
Limbaugh pointed out that when authorities learned of the allegations, they immediately told Feinstein.
But when investigators, under the Obama administration, allegedly learned of “collusion” by members of the Trump campaign team, they kept it secret from Trump.
“They told Di-Fi that a spy was on her staff, but they didn’t tell Trump?” Limbaugh said. “The point is, she was told. The FBI told her. She was supposedly mortified.”
After all, he said, she headed the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time.
“The point of this is that she was the chairman of the committee at the time the Chi-Coms had a mole. The FBI told her. … They warned her. They didn’t warn Trump. The FBI embedded spies in the Trump campaign. Everywhere you look it’s the Democrat Party that’s compromised or working with the enemies of America.”
WND reported Friday the Politico report said a former intelligence official told author Zach Dorfman that the suspected informant was “run” by officials based at the local Chinese Consulate.
A source familiar with the incident confirmed to San Francisco Chronicle columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross that the FBI alerted Feinstein about five years ago that her driver was being investigated for possible Chinese spying.