08.16.17

McCaul Responds to Committee Democrats’ Call for Domestic Terrorism Threats Hearings

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released a letter in response to Ranking Member Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and the Democrat Members’ call for a hearing on the threat of domestic terrorism on the heels of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia. McCaul announced that the Committee will hold a hearing on September 12th and has invited witnesses of the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the National Counterterrorism Center.

 

The text of the letter follows:

August 16, 2017

 

The Honorable Bennie Thompson

Ranking Member

Committee on Homeland Security

H2-117 Ford House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Ranking Member Thompson:

Thank you for your August 15th letter regarding the heinous attack in Charlottesville, Virginia that claimed the life of Heather Heyer and injured many others. We must stand together and reject racism, bigotry, and prejudice, including the hateful ideologies promoted by Neo-Nazis, the KKK, and all other white supremacy groups. They do not define who we are as Americans and their repulsive values must not be allowed to infect our neighborhoods and spread violence in our communities.

On September 12th, we will hold a full committee hearing and have invited the leaders of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Counterterrorism Center to discuss the most serious threats America faces. I strongly encourage Members of both parties to engage the witnesses on the dangers posed by domestic terrorists and other extremist groups.

Racial intolerance deserves no place in America and it is imperative that we find ways to rid our nation of the scourge of white supremacism.

I am grateful for your dedication to protecting the American people from the ever-growing number of threats confronting the United States and I look forward to discussing the matters raised in your letter further as we continue our efforts to find bipartisan solutions and keep our homeland safe.

 

Sincerely,

MICHAEL T. MCCAUL

Chairman

 

The signed letter is available, here.

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