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FBI Director Warns Lawmakers about Dangers from Far-Right Extremists

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before a previous House Homeland Security Committee.

By Steve Neavling

FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Thursday that right-wing militants and white supremacists are communicating with far-right activists overseas and have even traveled to Europe to meet with them. 

At a U.S. House Intelligence Committee hearing, Wray described the right-wing militants in the U.S. as domestic extremists who are reaching out to like-minded activists abroad and may even have trained with them, Reuters reports.

Wray said racially motivated extremists are the “actors with the most persistent and concerning transnational connections.”

Wray also told lawmakers that the bureau is on the lookout for new threats to the U.S. Capitol and state capitols following the deadly riot on Jan. 6 and that investigators are receiving “an avalanche of tips.”

Democrat Questions FBI Director’s Willingness to Investigate Trump’s Ties to Russia

Russian leader Vladimir Putin

Russian leader Vladimir Putin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey has shown virtually no willingness to cooperate with a Congressional investigation into potential ties between Russia and President Trump’s campaign, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Monday.

“I have yet to be convinced … by the director of the FBI that we will have the fulsome kind of cooperation that we will need,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told reporters in the Capitol, The Hill reports.

Without the full cooperation of the FBI and Comey, Schiff said there’s little the Intelligence Committee can do.

“We can’t become the FBI, we can’t send out our own investigators spanning all over the globe,” Schiff said. “We will need their cooperation, and whether we will get that in as fulsome a manner as we need has yet to be determined, in my view.” 

Schiff’s comments came just hours after Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said he’s seen “no evidence” of ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign.

“What I’ve been told, by many folks, is that there’s nothing there — but we’re absolutely looking into it,” Nunes said.