Lawmakers Demand DOJ Explain Dropping of Cases Against Chinese Researchers Accused of Hiding Military Ties

Rep. Jim Jordon (R-Ohio) has asked Attorney-General Merrick Garland to explain why prosecutors have dropped a series of cases connected with the Justice Department’s (DOJ) crackdown on Chinese espionage. In July, federal prosecutors filed motions to dismiss charges against six Chinese researchers who had been accused of hiding their ties to Chinese institutions or the Chinese military. The DOJ said at the time that “recent developments” in those cases had prompted the department to “re-evaluate these prosecutions,” adding that the dismissals were made “in the interest of justice.” However, other reports have suggested the decisions to withdraw were due to other reasons, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) failure to properly inform the accused of their rights against self-incrimination, the ranking member House Committee of the Judiciary wrote to Garland in a joint letter (pdf) with Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) dated Sept. 27. “It is not clear whether the …Read More

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