Jul 23, 2019

FBI director touts nearly 100 domestic terrorism arrests this fiscal year

Christopher Wray. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, saying the bureau has made about 100 domestic terrorism arrests in the first 3 quarters of this fiscal year.

Why it matters: The majority of the arrests were related to white supremacy. Overt white supremacy is reportedly on the rise, with a global trend toward nationalism emboldening prejudiced players.

  • White supremacy has been at the root of several U.S. attacks in recent years, including Charlottesville in 2017 and the Poway Synagogue shooting in 2019.

Wray is testifying Tuesday about oversight of the FBI.

What they're saying:

"Needless to say, we take domestic terrorism or hate crime, regardless of ideology, extremely seriously,"
— Christopher Wray

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The latest: Crowds gathered in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Thursday evening and in Atlanta, Georgia, despite the rain. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined demonstrators on Thursday. Demonstrators in Washington, D.C. dispersed following a thunderstorm and rain warning for the region.

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Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.