FACT CHECK: Did Josh Hawley Reveal New Information Regarding Chinese Espionage?

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purports that Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley revealed new information to FBI Director Christopher Wray about Chinese espionage.

Verdict: False

The caption is inaccurate. The video does not feature such comments.

Fact Check:

Hawley introduced a bill that would aid in the eradication of child labor in the United States, Fox News reported. The Corporate Responsibility for Child Labor Elimination Act comes after reports indicated that unaccompanied migrant minors have been exploited in the U.S. labor force.

The Facebook post purports Hawley revealed new proof of Chinese spying tactics in the United State. The thumbnail features an image of Hawley and one of Wray.

“’WHY DIDN’T YOU STOP THEM-,'” the caption reads. “Wray SWEAT at hearing after Josh Hawley’s ‘China s.pying’ proof.”

There are no credible news reports suggesting that Hawley revealed new information or proof of any Chinese spy campaign to Wray. The clip shared in the post is from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on July 23, 2019. At no point did Hawley reveal new information about Chinese espionage, but asked Wray about his concerns in regard to the Chinese spying worries. (RELATED: Is Kenya Getting Rid Of The U.S. Dollar?)

Hawley sought details on the possible danger of allowing Chinese International Education Foundation’s Confucius Institutes at U.S. universities. Confucius Institute is an over $150 million investment from China to help spread their culture, according to Politico.

Hawley asked in the hearing, “why should University, College presidents be concerned about Confucius Institutes on their campuses.” Wray explained that the Confucius Institutes are a “soft power strategy,” in China’s influence efforts.

This is not the first time a video has been shared online with a false or misleading caption. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video that claimed to show a MH370 airplane wreck.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter