FBI Director Louis J. Freeh told Congress yesterday that a top-priority investigation is underway to determine whether the Chinese government attempted to subvert the American political process by buying influence at the White House or on Capitol Hill.
A Justice Department task force investigating questionable campaign fund-raising practices is presenting evidence to a grand jury, and Freeh said allegations that the Chinese activities posed a national security threat are "being treated very seriously."
The FBI director's comments were the first public confirmation by a senior law enforcement official that federal investigators are examining alleged evidence of Chinese efforts to influence the political process. The Washington Post first reported the existence of that evidence and the FBI inquiry last month.
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