Sending Office: Honorable Jim Banks
Cosigners include: Sen. Marco Rubio, Rep. Paul Cook, Rep. Michael Turner, Rep. Michael Conaway, Rep. Duncan Hunter, Rep. Elise Stefanik, Rep. Walter Jones, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Mike Gallagher, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Rep. Mike Coffman, Rep.
Doug Lamborn, and Rep. Liz Cheney
I invite you to join in support my bicameral, bipartisan letter informing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos of the threats posed by Huawei’s involvement in our academic institutions. Huawei Technologies, a “national champion” of the People’s Republic of
China, has formed a series of research partnerships with over 50 universities in the United States.
This company has a history of nefarious activity, targeted at illegally collecting information from the United States. As the bipartisan report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in 2012 recommended, “[b]ased on available classified and
unclassified information, Huawei and vii ZTE cannot be trusted to be free of foreign state influence and thus pose a security threat to the United States and to our systems.”
The U.S. Government has long suspected Huawei of this type of activity, establishing a ban of the company’s ability to bid on U.S. government contracts as early as 2014. More recently, Christopher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),
stated in February 2018 during a hearing of the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate that he was “deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don’t share our values to gain positions
This letter asks the Department of Education to work more closely with the U.S. intelligence community to: promptly request a complete and classified briefing by the FBI and the Director of National Intelligence on Huawei and Chinese technology acquisition
modalities in general; urge that the Department of Education immediately request (and require) information from the U.S. universities involved in any partnership with Huawei, and request the Department immediately convene a senior-level working group to understand
how the People’s Republic of China attempts to gather U.S. technology on U.S. university and college campuses.
It is not hard to imagine how much cutting-edge, classified information is researched , developed, and stored at any of these affected universities. We must consider the ramifications of allowing foreign citizens into our academic institutions with the proper
vetting procedures. If you have any questions or would like to join as a co-signer , please contact John Wilson in my office (6-0667),
John.Wilson@mail.house.gov). Thank you for your consideration.
Member of Congress
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