Acting FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich (Andrew McCabe’s replacement) testified Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee that former President Barack Hussein’s Department of Justice ordered the FBI to delete over 500,000 fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants from NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System).
Dianne Feinstein: It’s my understanding that under federal law fugitives cannot legally purchase or possess guns. We’ve heard from local law enforcement that the Justice Department has issued a memo that forced the FBI NICS background check database to drop more than 500,000 names of fugitives with outstanding arrest warrants because it was uncertain whether those fugitives had fled across state lines. Mr. Bowdich, can you describe why this determination was made by the Justice Department?
Acting FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich: Yes, ma’am. That was a decision that was made under the previous administration. It was the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel that reviewed the law and believed that it needed to be interpreted so that if someone was a fugitive in a state, there had to be indications that they had crossed state lines. Otherwise, they were not known to be a fugitive under the law in the way it was interpreted.