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The reason why this is relevant to Ms. Gupta’s nomination is she owns $14 million worth of Avantor stock… Her father is the head of the corporation. But it’s well known that Mexican authorities as far back as 2010 have found jugs of acetic anhydride manufactured by Avantor at drug labs.” (US Senator Cornyn) 2010 is when Vanita’s father, Rajiv Gupta, became Chairman of the Board of Avantor. It would be interesting to know if the family has an opium connection back home in India?

Biden has nominated Vanita Gupta to be Associate Attorney General, the third highest position in the US Department of Justice. In this position, she would oversee the Antitrust Division, Civil Division, Civil Rights Division, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Tax Division, Office of Justice Programs, Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, among other things. https://www.justice. gov/asg/about-office

Not only is her father, Rajiv Gupta, Chairman of the Board of Avantor, but he also is on the Board of Du Pont, which was recently charged by the US government in a fatal chemical leak, and is on the board of an Auto Parts Company (Aptiv). Rajiv Gupta was born in Muzaffarnagar, India to Phool Prakash and Rukmini Sahai. He graduated in 1967 from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajiv_L._Gupta

US Senators Cornyn, Grassley, Cruz, Hawley and Tillis state that the company should be investigated under the Corrupt Foreign Practices Act, among other things. https://judicialnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Attorney-General-Merrick-Garland-re-Avantor-FINAL.pdf

Vanita Gupta’s father is on the following corporate boards:
Du Pont 06/2019–present; Chairman Aptiv PLC 12/2017–Present; Chairman
Avantor Performance Materials Inc 08/2011–present; Chairman Avantor Inc
01/2010–present; Chairman Avantor Performance Materials India Ltd; Dupont de Nemours Inc, 06/2019–04/28/2021 (Bloomberg: https://archive.is/mgXBd )

According to their web site, in 2010 “Avantor was acquired by affiliates of New Mountain Capital, our sponsor, from Covidien plc”. https://archive.is/iqN5T

The most common legal use of acetic anhydride, according to Bloomberg, is making cigarette filters. However, under international drug laws it’s one of the most strictly controlled “precursor and essential chemicals” for the production of illegal drugs. For decades, the US government has pushed all countries to sign international treaties and pass laws in order to keep chemicals which can be used for making illegal drugs away from drug cartels (organized crime). “Acetic anhydride was placed in the highest category of control in 2001.” And, yet, Avantor’s acetic anhydride was seized in Sinoloa in 2019. (See Bloomberg, 8-26-2020: https://archive.is/KOEJr )

Rajiv GuptaChairman of the Board of Directors of Avantor: https://archive.is/iaS8c

Vanita Gupta’s father is also CEO of Aptiv, an auto parts company. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aptiv

Cornyn Details Vanita Gupta’s Involvement with Company Tied to Mexican Narcotics Trade
In: All News   Posted 03/25/2021
WASHINGTON – Today in the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed how Vanita Gupta’s ties to the firm Avantor, which sells a chemical involved in the illicit drug trade in Mexico, disqualify her for the position of Associate Attorney General. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video can be found here. https://youtu.be/j_qn01HluYg

“The reason why this is relevant to Ms. Gupta’s nomination is she owns $14 million worth of Avantor stock and it’s a family business. Her father is the head of the corporation. But it’s well known that Mexican authorities as far back as 2010 have found jugs of acetic anhydride manufactured by Avantor at drug labs.”

“Ms. Gupta was asked about her knowledge of the diversion of this precursor chemical manufactured by Avantor and she said, ‘Well, I’m familiar with the allegations made against Avantor for selling this precursor drug in Mexico.’”

“Ms. Gupta has been misleading and deceptive in many of her answers to our questions on many important issues like qualified immunity, the death penalty, things like defund the police, but in the case of legalization of drugs, including drugs like heroin, she’s frankly lied to each of you and the whole Committee.”

“I believe Ms. Gupta’s deception, her lack of remorse, and her dishonesty when it comes to answering straightforward questions of the Committee disqualifies her for the office of Associate Attorney General.” https://www.cornyn.senate.gov/content/news/cornyn-details-vanita-gupta’s-involvement-company-tied-mexican-narcotics-trade

Link to April 14, 2021 letter: https://judicialnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Attorney-General-Merrick-Garland-re-Avantor-FINAL.pdf

Ironically, Cornyn wants more foreign workers, like Vanita’s father, to replace American workers: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/05/27/gop-senators-beg-trump-to-import-more-foreign-workers-while-36m-americans-are-jobless/

He also supports S386, which would give the majority of work-related visas to people from India. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/09/18/gop-senate-plans-vote-to-outsource-college-graduate-america/

GOP Senator Urges DOJ Probe of Avantor Link to Drug Crisis” By Cam Simpson Wed, April 14, 2021, 11:46 PM·5 min read https://finance.yahoo.com/news/senator-urges-doj-investigation-avantor-134544098.html

Heroin’s Hidden Ingredient Is a Chemical Made by U.S. Companies” By Cam Simpson , Michael Smith , and Nacha Cattan 8-26-2020, Bloomberg https://archive.is/KOEJr

DowDuPont Announces New Members for Future Board of Directors of DuPont
DowDuPont News Release, Apr 17, 2019, 08:00 ET https://archive.is/34J4l

This should not have been approved. It was approved by an acting official:
Justice Department Requires Divestiture of Certain Herbicides, Insecticides, and Plastics Businesses in Order to Proceed with Dow-Dupont Merger
Divestitures Will Preserve Competition in U.S. Markets for Broadleaf Herbicides for Winter Wheat, Insecticides for Chewing Pests and Acid Copolymers and Ionomers

The Department of Justice announced today that it will require The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) and E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. (DuPont) to divest multiple crop protection and two petrochemical products to proceed with their proposed merger valued at about $130 billion. 

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, along with the offices of three state attorneys general, filed a civil antitrust lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to enjoin the proposed transaction, along with a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, would resolve the department’s competitive concerns.  The participating state attorneys general offices represent Iowa, Mississippi, and Montana.

The department said that, without the divestitures, the proposed merger likely would reduce competition between two of only a handful of chemical companies that manufacture certain types of crop protection chemicals and the only two U.S. producers of acid copolymers and ionomers, potentially harming U.S. farmers and consumers. 

“The Department of Justice conducted a thorough investigation into this merger,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Andrew Finch of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division…https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-requires-divestiture-certain-herbicides-insecticides-and-plastics

Within 18 months of the merger the DowDupont was split into three publicly traded companies with focuses on agriculture (Corteva), materials science (Dow Inc.), and specialty products (DuPont).https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuPont