Bennie Thompson Demands FBI and DOJ Provide Domestic Terrorism Update, House Judiciary Holds Hearings on White Nationalism
The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), is planning on hosting a hearing in the coming weeks addressing the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. and the hate crime and hate speech surrounding the movement. The hearing comes on the heels of two mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed 50 people. The gunman also praised Donald Trump as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.” U.S. federal data show that during 2017 and 2018, authorities arrested more domestic terrorism suspects than those inspired by Islamic extremists. Dems say Congress has ignored the issue of domestic terrorism for years, and the Committee on Homeland Security is planning to hold hearings on this issue in the coming months. To help prepare for the hearings, Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) sent a letter to the Attorney General and the FBI Director to demand the DOJ brief the committee on the evolving threat of domestic terrorism. Thompson’s request comes after other requests have gone unanswered. He says that since the beginning of the Congress, both the FBI and DOJ have been uncooperative on this issue. “Recent high-profile acts of violence and attempted violence have underscored the urgency of understanding and developing solutions to the evolving threat of domestic terrorism,” Thompson wrote. “As domestic terrorist movements continue to grow and metastasize, it is my hope that the Committee can continue to work closely with DOJ and FBI on this matter.” More here.