Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, December 9, 2015   [open pdf - 533KB]

This testimony compilation is from the December 9, 2015 hearing, "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation," before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Chuck Grassley: "The FBI's mission is to protect us from the most dangerous threats facing our nation. The deadly attacks in Paris last month, and in California last week, confirmed that radical Islamic terrorism continues to be such a threat, regardless of whether that's politically correct or convenient for President Obama. ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] is a determined enemy executing a plan to gain and hold territory, enrich itself, inspire followers worldwide, and launch deadly attacks against the West. And the American people are worried. Not just about terrorism. But about the President's inability or unwillingness to rally the country, lead our international partners, develop a credible strategy to destroy ISIS, and execute it. We are now paying the price for that weakness. At almost every turn, events have proven the President wrong about ISIS. In August 2012, he drew a 'red line,' warning the Assad's regime not to use chemical weapons in Syria. But the President backed down after Assad gassed his own people, and ISIS blossomed in the chaos that followed. In January 2014, the President referred to ISIS as the 'j.v.,' or junior varsity. It promptly spent the next six months conquering territory across Syria and Iraq. In August of that same year, the President conceded that he didn't have a strategy to defeat ISIS. A year and a half later, he remains without a coherent one. Even former Secretary Clinton admitted the other day that we're not winning this fight." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James B. Comey, Jr..

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