John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security Division

John Demers

Assistant Attorney General for National Security Division

John Charles Demers was born in September 1971 in Gubbio, Italy. He earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Holy Cross and received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He clerked at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and for Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court of the United States. He engaged in the private practice of law.

Prior to joining the Justice Department, Demers was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at The Boeing Company where he held several major positions including in Boeing Defense, Space, and Security.

He was on the leadership team of the United States Department of Justice National Security Division. He was senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General and then Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Law and Policy.

Since January 2018, Demers has been Assistant United States Attorney General for the National Security Division.

He is an adjunct professor of national security law at Georgetown University Law Center.

In the News…

China has engaged in a concerted effort to seed American colleges and universities with members of the People’s Liberation Army, according to federal officials who unveiled a raft of visa fraud cases.

“This is another part of the Chinese Communist Party’s plan to take advantage of our open society and exploit academic institutions,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers said. “We will continue to conduct this investigation together with the FBI.”

John Brown, a senior member of the FBI’s international security branch, added, “In interviews with members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army in over 25 cities across the U.S., the FBI uncovered a concerted effort to hide their true affiliation to take advantage of the United States and the American people.”

The current and former military officials indicted on visa fraud studied topics ranging from neurology to artificial intelligence, the Justice Department said. Indictments have come on the heels of the State Department’s instruction that China vacate its consulate in Houston, a mandate that U.S. officials justified as a necessary step to “protect American intellectual property and Americans’ private information.”

Chinese officials have denied any wrongdoing.

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Assistant Attorney General Demers today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable John Demers
Assistant U.S. Attorney General
Department of Justice, National Security Division
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20530


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