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DOJ Office of the Inspector General

Justice Department Inspector General Releases Report on the Russia Investigation

On Monday, the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General released a report on its review of the four FISA applications and other aspects of the FBI's Crossfire Hurricane Investigation, which explored any possible coordination or connection between the Trump campaign and Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. The document is available here and below.

China

DOJ Charges American Citizen with Acting as an Illegal Agent of China

The Department of Justice unsealed a criminal complaint against Xuehua "Edward" Peng for acting as an illegal foreign agent. The complaint alleges that Peng handed over U.S. national security information to officials from China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS). Extensive details of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation against Peng are also included in the complaint, which can be read here.

Federal Law Enforcement

Getting to the Bottom of the (Attempted) McCabe Prosecution

One of the great political mysteries of the last few weeks involves what has happened to the possible criminal indictment of former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who is accused of having made false statements regarding his role in certain leaks to the media relating to the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal.

Congress

Livestream: FBI Director Christopher Wray Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee

On July 23 at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled, ”Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” The committee has called FBI Director Christopher Wray as a witness. A livestream of the hearing is available here and below.

Congress

Video: FBI Director Chris Wray Testifies Before Senate on Bureau Budget

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifed on Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee about the Bureau's Fiscal 2020 budget. The questions covered a wide range of topics, including law enforcement and intelligence challenges, Russian interference in the 2020 election, the Mueller report and Attorney General Bill Barr's characterization of lawful surveillance during the 2016 campaign as "spying." The full video is available below.

Cybersecurity and Deterrence

Document: Inspector General Report on FBI Cyber Victim Notifications

The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice released a report detailing an audit of the FBI process that notifies victims of cyber intrusion. The audit's findings criticize the bureau for notification delays, incomplete data collection and shortcomings in victim engagement. The report is available in full here and below.

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