A letter written by a pair of Republicans was sent to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday, Sept. 27, asking for answers regarding dropping several Chinese espionage cases in the U.S.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) have asked Attorney General Merrick Garland for further explanation of why the DOJ said it was “in the interest of justice” to drop the charges against six alleged Chinese researchers who were accused of having secret ties to either Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Mainly “including some who openly admitted to conducting espionage for the Chinese military.”
“It is not clear whether the Department dismissed these changes due to reported misconduct by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or because the Department under your leadership is more invested in pursuing the far-left political goals of the Biden-Harris Administration than in protecting American national security interests,” the letter reads.
Jordan and Biggs mentioned among the supposed Chinese spies were Tang Juan, Xin Wang, Chen Song, Kaikai Zhao, Anming Hu, and Guan Lei. All six were accused as part of the Trump administration’s China Initiative. So far, under the Biden administration, the DOJ has decided to dismiss five out of six cases.
“These actions by the Department raise serious concerns about its commitment to confronting the national security threats posed by the People’s Republic of China,” wrote the two senators.
“One of these researchers lied about holding a rank in the PLA and acknowledged to U.S. officials that he “had been instructed by his supervisor, the director of his military university lab in the PRC, to observe the layout of the UCSF [University of California San Francisco] lab and bring back information on how to replicate it in China,” Jordan and Biggs wrote.
“The Trump Administration’s China Initiative sought to identify and prosecute Chinese trade secret theft and economic espionage and to protect American critical infrastructure and supply chains from covert influence.”
The letter comes only days after the Department of Justice reached an agreement with Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou to allow her to return to China.
Meng was detained in Canada at the request of the U.S. prosecutors who accused her of lying to HSBC.
Jordan and Biggs also inquired whether the DOJ under Biden supports the Trump Administration’s China Initiative and whether it agrees with FBI Director Chris Wray’s assertion that “the greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality, is the counterintelligence and economic espionage threat from China.”
The two Republican lawmakers asked Merrick Garland to provide an explanation and other requested information such as the China Initiative, including its staffing and funding, as well as whether the department intends to “reform, prioritize, or reinforce its duties and responsibilities,” no later than Oct. 11, 2021.