Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who recently formed a committee to explore a 2020 presidential run, has criticized former senator Joseph Lieberman for becoming a lobbyist for Chinese telecom giant ZTE.
Lieberman officially registered as a lobbyist for ZTE Wednesday, according to registration documents.
Warren tweeted that “ZTE is a giant foreign telecom company that's close with the Chinese govt. They've violated serious U.S. sanctions on Iran & N. Korea. Their lobbyists keep blocking accountability. And today former Senator @JoeLieberman joined them. Should that be legal? No.”
Lieberman and ZTE say his role will simply be to assess the company’s threat, or lack thereof, to U.S. national security.
The former senator “has been retained to undertake an independent assessment of concerns that Members of Congress, Executive branch and American businesses have about any national security vulnerabilities and risks that ZTE products may pose in the US," as well as report these concerns to ZTE, the legal filing shows.
Former Senate Chief of Staff Clarine Nardi Riddle has also registered as a lobbyist for ZTE, according to the document.