Grassley Destroys Biden's DOJ For Allowing Chinese Espionage

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 03 March 2022 20:30
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The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee is the latest on Capitol Hill to slam the Biden Department of Justice’s decision to end its Trump-era China Initiative, which had aimed to combat the growing national security threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Sen. Chuck Grassley joined a growing chorus of congressional Republicans blasting the move announced last week by Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen, the head of the DOJ’s National Security Division. Olsen said he was shelving the effort to push back on China’s economic espionage following a year of criticism from fellow Democrats, hundreds of university professors, some left-wing and Chinese American activists, and the CCP itself.

“I write with deep concern over your decision to cancel the China Initiative, a strategic prioritization of investigations of national security threats originating from the Chinese Communist Party,” Grassley wrote to Olsen on Monday. “I urge you to reconsider.”

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Grassley said, “China is undoubtedly the top source of all espionage investigations,” as he pointed to the Justice Department’s claims that 80% of all economic espionage prosecutions brought by the DOJ are instances that would have benefited China and that there is at least some nexus to China in 60% of trade secret theft cases. He also noted FBI Director Christopher Wray’s testimony that the bureau opens a new Chinese espionage case every 12 hours.

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“My oversight work has also focused on Confucius Institutes and what DOJ, as well as DHS, are doing to combat China’s efforts to use our academic environment for their propaganda efforts,” Grassley said, adding that his oversight work “has confirmed to me and my colleagues that the communist Chinese government is clearly the greatest threat to the U.S. research field and the protection of our intellectual property.”

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Olsen claimed last week that the program spurred the perception that the Department of Justice applies a lower standard to investigate and prosecute criminal suspects with ties to China.

Tossing the China Initiative overboard came after many Republicans had already accused Attorney General Merrick Garland of softening enforcement of the initiative.

But Democrats in the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus said they had met with Olsen before his decision.

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“By starting with a focus on researchers and scientists who are ethnically Chinese, the China Initiative not only engaged in blatant racial profiling but also reinforced harmful stereotypes that Asian Americans are ‘perpetual others’ who cannot be trusted, ruining numerous lives in the process,” Democratic Rep. Judy Chu said.

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu also celebrated the end of the initiative when he claimed, “Since the program was created in 2018, multiple professors and academics have been targeted by law enforcement because of their race.”

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