Biden banking pick denies communist sympathies, says critics vilifying her because of Kazakh heritage

Biden banking pick denies communist sympathies, says critics vilifying her because of Kazakh heritage


President Joe Biden’s pick for a top banking regulatory position said that she was an “anti-communist” while attending school in the Soviet Union and that critics accusing her of radicalism are lashing out against her because of her heritage and gender.

Saule Omarova, a Kazakh-born law professor at Cornell University who graduated college in the USSR, is pushing back on Republicans and business groups for opposing her nomination to be comptroller of the currency. She said that though she attended Moscow State University on the Lenin Personal Academic Scholarship, she does not have Marxist sympathies.

“There is definitely a different standard applied to someone like me,” Omarova told the Financial Times. “I am an easy target: an immigrant, a woman, a

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