The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case about once every 10 hours as it pushes back against Beijing’s expansive campaign to steal American intellectual property (IP) and influence policymakers, FBI director Christopher Wray said in a speech on July 7. Wray warned that Beijing’s counterintelligence and economic espionage operations are the “greatest long-term threat” to the United States’ economic and national security. Its stealing of U.S. technology and trade secrets is on a scale “so massive that it represents one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history,” he said in a speech given at the Washington-based think tank Hudson Institute. His remarks come as the Trump administration ramps up its actions and rhetoric against the Chinese regime in a range of issues from…
As a former White House national security official with a specialty in Ukrainian affairs, he was escorted from the White House premises earlier in the year, coming months after he provided testimony about Trump’s July 25, 2019, phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksy. Some of Vindman’s testimony was disputed by his superior, Tim Morrison, in the inquiry.
Trump was eventually acquitted by the GOP-controlled Senate after the House voted to impeach him along partisan lines.
“The President of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career. Between protecting his promotion or the promotion of his fellow soldiers. These are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it,” Pressman said, according to The Hill.
Earlier this month, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) confirmed she will block every single military promotion unless Secretary of Defense Mark Esper promises not to block the promotion of Vindman.
“Our military is supposed to be the ultimate meritocracy. It is simply unprecedented and wrong for any Commander in Chief to meddle in routine military matters at all, whether or not he has a personal vendetta against a Soldier who did his patriotic duty and told the truth—a Soldier who has been recommended for promotion by his superiors because of his performance,” she said in a statement.
Earlier this year, Trump said the military might “take a look at” whether Vindman should face punitive measures after he was dismissed from his position. But Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said in February there are no plans to investigate him.
“We brought him back. So he’s got basically a bridging assignment for a couple of months within an [headquarters of the Department of the Army] assignment, and then he will be heading to a senior service college this summer. There’s no investigations into him,” he told reporters at the time.
Vindman testified in November 2019 that he raised concerns about the Trump-Zelensky call. Morrison, his boss at the National Security Council, later told the House Intelligence Committee that other staffers viewed Vindman as unreliable and prone to leaking information. Meanwhile, he confirmed Vindman didn’t keep him “in the loop at all times” when he asked by the Republican counsel. Vindman also did not immediately speak to Morrison about his concerns about the July 25 phone call, Morrison asserted.
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WASHINGTON鈥擳he job market took a big step toward healing in May, though plenty of damage remains, as a record level of hiring followed record layoffs in March and April. The Labor Department reported Tuesday that the number of available jobs rose sharply as well, but remained far below pre-pandemic levels. The figures, from the government’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey (pdf), or JOLTS, illustrate the whiplash the economy has experienced since the pandemic intensified in mid-March. Layoffs soared in March to a stunning 11.5 million, roughly four times the peak during the 2008-2009 recession. They remained extraordinarily high in April, at 7.7 million, but in May they fell back to pre-pandemic levels of 1.8 million. Hiring, meanwhile, plunged in April to 4 million, the lowest level since 2011, but…