Taiwanese photographer caught Republic of China prosecution interrogators in lie about Trump adviser photo in controversial political fraud case

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Darren Lan and his photograph of Julian Lin and Kellyanne Conway caught Republic of China in-exile prosecution interrogators in a lie in controversial political fraud case. (credits: Taiwan Civil Government/Darren Lan)

Professional photographer Darren Lan tells of catching Republic of China in-exile prosecution interrogators in a bold lie during an interrogation session. Lan was hauled in for questioning as a supporter of Taiwan Civil Government following the May 2018 arrests of the group leaders on fraud charges. TCG founder Roger Lin and his wife Julian are accused of masterminding an elaborate political hoax to obtain donations. The pro-American group seeks United States assistance to expel the ROC from Taiwan, thus a 2017 photo of Julian Lin and Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway takes on value as a purported element of fraud.

Lan volunteers his time on foreign trips to take pictures of Taiwan Civil Government delegations as they lobby to normalize Taiwan’s international relations. At one such event in May 2017, at a POLITICO event sponsored by TCG in Washington, a rendezvous between Lin and Conway was captured on film by Lan. Naturally enough the photograph was circulated through the membership as proof of TCG’s growing influence behind the scenes in Washington. Prosecutors pounced on the photo and interrogators around the island repeatedly displayed the photo denouncing it as computer-generated and a fake during interrogations.

The interrogation falsehood collapsed when the photo was shown to Lan. “Oh no, that is real, I took that picture. I took many others as well, would you like to see them? I have film or digital files of all my photographs and can prove I took them all.”

Lan’s interrogators released him without any further questions. While Lan now has a great photo story to tell grandchildren the importance of his interrogation has been ignored. Lan can prove that at least one of the claims made by the prosecution against TCG leaders, that the Conway photo was faked, is false. However, Lan will not be called as a witness in the case as ROC prosecutors evidently are not on a search for truth.

The false branding of the Conway photo as a fake is part of a pattern of prosecution deception that includes naming non-victims as victims yet denying them a chance to testify. TCG founder Roger Lin is accused of making false claims about the group identity card and overstating American support. The picture of Julian Lin and Kellyanne Conway together is genuine and poses unanswered questions about how deep inside the Trump administration did TCG get. Darren Lan’s photograph reveals why the ROC is so concerned about TCG.

In the seven decades of ROC control of Taiwan, the exiled Chinese government has had few opposing groups as determined as TCG is to unseat the regime. The fractured Taiwan independence movement combined can barely match a TCG event in size. The group lobbies politicians, files lawsuits, buys advertising, courts think-tanks, makes videos, and marches in parades. TCG inroads into the halls of power in Washington is not something the ROC is likely to ignore. Prosecutors say they are seeking justice for victims. TCG defendants say they are being prosecuted for political reasons and that fraud in the case is the work of the prosecution.

Author: richardsonreports

Author of FRAMED: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO & the Omaha Two Story.

9 thoughts on “Taiwanese photographer caught Republic of China prosecution interrogators in lie about Trump adviser photo in controversial political fraud case”

  1. Thank you for the reporting and the courageous Taiwanese photographer who volunteered to take those pictures. May God bless those Taiwanese who are fighting for the future of Taiwan. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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