Shaheen Chairs Senate Hearing & Questions FBI Director on Gun Violence Epidemic, FBI Efforts to Impose Penalties on Russian Oligarchs & More

May 25, 2022

**Hearing includes questions about FBI response to Uvalde massacre that killed 21, combating domestic terrorism and more**

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(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Senate Appropriations subcommittee, today chaired a hearing with testimony from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray. The hearing focused on the Bureau’s fiscal year (FY) 2023 funding request, particularly on efforts to reduce gun violence in the wake of the Robb Elementary School shooting.

Shaheen began her opening remarks thanking the FBI for its swift response to the Uvalde massacre and urging collaboration between Congress and the FBI on action to stem gun violence and domestic terrorism. She opened her questioning by asking Director Wray for updates around the shooter’s motivations and for research around the growing threat of lone violent actors. She also pushed for his reflections on what factors are driving surging rates of violent crime in New Hampshire and across the nation.

You can watch her first round of questioning here.

During her second round of questioning, she asked for a progress update around Task Force KleptoCapture, which is tasked with stopping Russian officials and oligarchs from circumventing sanctions and export restrictions – particularly those imposed in response to its invasion of Ukraine. She also pushed for cooperation with the international community to stop transnational criminal organizations from manipulating and investing in financial systems in the U.S. and the West.

You can watch her second round of questioning here.