July 30, 2020, 04.16 PM

The FBI also confirmed receipt of the letter and flagged recent comments by FBI Director Christopher Wray.

He argued that China "is going to continue to try to misappropriate our ideas, influence our policymakers, manipulate our public opinion, and steal our data."

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"They will use an all-tools and all-sectors approach — and that demands our own all-tools and all-sectors approach in response," Christopher Wray added.

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Wednesday that TikTok was under a national security review and that his agency would make a recommendation to the president this week.

The lawmakers, joined by Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Joni Ernst Thom Tillis, Kevin Cramer and Rick Scott, asked the officials to say whether Beijing could amplify certain political views and conduct influence operations through TikTok.

The popular app is owned by Beijing ByteDance Technology Co.

"If evidence emerges of CCP electoral interference via TikTok, would ByteDance be eligible for sanctions?" under an executive order on foreign electoral influence, the lawmakers asked.

TikTok is in the crosshairs of the Trump administration as US-China ties have soured over the pandemic and Beijing’s move to curb freedoms in Hong Kong.

This month, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said action was imminent to address national security risks posed by TikTok.


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