Good morning Chairman Graham, Ranking Member Feinstein, and members of the
Thank you for inviting us to appear before you today to discuss the Department of
Justice’s (the Department) efforts to detect and prosecute those who seek to exploit the COVID-
19 pandemic and the economic dislocation it has caused for personal financial gain. We have
been tasked by the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General to lead the Department’s
Hoarding and Price Gouging Task Force (Mr. Carpenito) and to coordinate more generally the
Department’s response to criminal conduct relating to the COVID-19 pandemic (Mr. Hughes).
We want to thank the Committee for its attention to this issue and to the good work of the
Department to protect the safety and security of our nation during this unprecedented crisis.


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