- Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang condemned the FBI’s recent raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida, in a series of tweets on Tuesday, saying that the decision “seems political” in nature.
- “I’m no Trump fan. I want him as far away from the White House as possible. But a fundamental part of his appeal has been that it’s him against a corrupt government establishment. This raid strengthens that case for millions of Americans who will see this as unjust persecution,” Yang wrote about Monday's raid.
- “It seems like this was authorized by a local judge and a particular FBI office without buy-in or notification of higher levels of government,” the former presidential candidate added in a follow-up tweet. “But literally no one will believe that or make a distinction. It’s probably bureaucratic but it seems political.”
- Citing two unnamed sources, CBS News noted that FBI agents only took boxes and documents and did not appear to have taken any electronics from the property during the raid.
- Speaking to TMZ Live on Wednesday, Yang said that if the FBI does not uncover any “really strong” evidence against Trump, the recent raid will look like a political attack on the former president.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has condemned the FBI’s recent raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, saying the decision “seems political” in nature.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Yang, 47, wrote that although he is “no Trump fan,” the raid on the former U.S. president’s Palm Beach residence could be viewed as “unjust persecution” by millions of Americans.
FBI warns Asian business owners in New Jersey of ‘sophisticated criminal enterprises’ targeting them
- There have been an increasing number of reports from Asian business owners in New Jersey over the past three years who have been targeted by “sophisticated criminal enterprises,” according to Supervisory Special Agent Mike Ratta of the FBI.
- The FBI warned Asian American business owners to be vigilant as they face an increased risk of being burglarized by numerous criminal groups monitoring their businesses.
- According to Ratta, Asian Americans are being targeted because of a belief that they do not utilize traditional banks, opting instead to keep their cash hidden in their residences.
- Ratta suggested community members keep their money in banks, install security systems and purchase license-reader devices to keep track of the license plate numbers of the cars near their homes.
The FBI warned Asian American business owners in New Jersey to be vigilant as they face an increased risk of being burglarized by sophisticated criminal groups.
There have been an increasing number of reports from Asian business owners over the past three years who have been targeted by “sophisticated criminal enterprises,” according to Supervisory Special Agent Mike Ratta of the FBI field office in Newark.
- A Chinese national has been charged with conspiring to act as an illegal agent of the Chinese government in the U.S.
- Sun Hoi Ying, 53, reportedly hired U.S. private investigators from February 2017 to February 2022 to coerce supposed fugitives of the Chinese government to return to China.
- In one case, Sun hired a law enforcement officer to threaten a target for refusing to comply with the demands of the Chinese government.
- In another, he hired private investigators to gather personal information on a Chinese dissident living in the U.S.
- Sun, who remains at large in China, operated under Beijing’s "Operation Fox Hunt," a plan announced in 2014 that aims to repatriate supposed Chinese fugitives.
A Chinese national was charged in a New York federal court with attempting to coerce targeted Chinese individuals in the U.S. while acting as an illegal agent of the Chinese government.
- FBI Director Christopher Wray addressed the threat China poses to the United States during a speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Monday.
- Wray said the threat has become “more brazen, more damaging than ever before.”
- The bureau has reportedly launched over 2,000 investigations that focused on Beijing's attempt at stealing technology and data.
- The FBI director clarified that the threat is posed by the Chinese government and the Chinese Community Party, not the Chinese people and “certainly not Chinese Americans, who are themselves frequently victims of the Chinese government’s lawless aggression.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray recently addressed the threat China poses to the United States, claiming it to be “more brazen, more damaging than ever before.”
Speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Monday, Wray claimed that the Chinese government’s “disregard for global leadership norms, ruthless hunger for economic superiority, and desire to influence American politics make it a threat to U.S. national security.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a $10,000 reward for information about the whereabouts of John Bui Tran.
Missing person case: Tran, born in Saigon, Vietnam, has been missing for over 16 years, according to an FBI press release.
The FBI reported that hate crimes against Asians rose 73% during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Updated 2020 numbers: The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program updated its 2020 hate crime statistics about nationwide “bias-motivated incidents” on Monday.
As the nation remembers the people who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, many have also not forgotten the 9/11 survivors and first responders who helped in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Special Agent Wesley J. Yoo, who joined the FBI as part of the Evidence Response Team in September 1996, is one such hero.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) and FBI have launched a joint public service announcement to encourage the reporting of potential anti-Asian hate crimes.
What to know: Of all individuals targeted for their race, religion, gender and sexual orientation in New York City, Asian Americans saw the largest spike in hate crimes in the first half of the year. A total of 104 cases in 2021 were documented as of July 4, a 395% increase from last year’s 21 incidents.
An FBI special agent in charge of the Bay Area met up with Oakland Chinatown community leaders to show the agency’s support amid the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes.
Show of support: Craig Fair said the bureau’s ultimate goal is to help the victims get justice and stop violent offenders from hurting community members and deter them from “committing these terrible crimes of hate,” according to KRON4.
The FBI is offering $30,000 to anyone with information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of Hung Tien Pham, a Vietnamese national wanted for his role in the infamous Boston Chinatown massacre.
The incident, which saw the execution-style murders of five male victims, took place at an illegal gambling den at 85A Tyler Street on Jan. 12, 1991.
The FBI has issued a warning of a potential rise in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans as the coronavirus crisis gets worst the U.S., according to ABC News.
“The FBI assesses hate crime incidents against Asian Americans likely will surge across the United States, due to the spread of coronavirus disease … endangering Asian American communities,” according to the report obtained by ABC News. “The FBI makes this assessment based on the assumption that a portion of the US public will associate COVID-19 with China and Asian American populations.”
The indictments, which include counts of fraud, obstruction, and conspiracy, escalate tensions between the U.S. and China — the world’s largest economies currently engaged in a trade war.