UPDATED 10:56 AM PT — Tuesday, July 23, 2019
FBI Director Christopher Wray appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee just one day before two separate House committees are set to press former special counsel Robert Mueller.
On Tuesday, Wray’s testimony started with prepared remarks about the personal loss he feels at each time a law enforcement officer dies in the line of duty.
The FBI director also addressed concerns from senators, including the growing threat of China. Wray said Beijing is the most severe counterintelligence threat to the U.S., noting that the country is tied to more than a thousand open investigations into intellectual property theft. He assured the issue was a top priority:
“So, it is a threat that is deep and diverse and wide and vexing, whether it’s in terms of the kinds of actors that are used, the kinds of techniques used, the kinds of targets that are used. And so, we are working extremely hard with all of our partners to combat it, but make no mistake — this is a high high priority for all of us.”
Senators also pressed the FBI director on how the agency is addressing hate crimes. Wray said they are taking domestic terrorism seriously, and the FBI is working closely with state and local partners to aggressively pursue the threat.