Officials from the FBI and Department of Justice testified before the House Committee on Appropriations Thursday about the agencies’ response to violent extremism and domestic terrorism.
Watch the hearing in the video player above.
Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch, testified about the response to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol attack, and said that agents are still working on “gathering evidence, sharing intelligence, and working with federal prosecutors to bring charges against the individuals involved.” She also addressed what often motivates both domestic and homegrown violent extremists, and said that extremists motivated by race or ethnicity, anti-government or anti-authority ideologies are likely to “pose the greatest domestic terrorism threats in 2021 and likely into 2022.”
Brad Wiegmann, deputy assistant attorney general of the DOJ’s National Security Division, also testified about the agency’s response to the Jan. 6 attack, as well as overall measures to respond to domestic terrorism. In the next fiscal year, Wiegmann said, the FBI has redirected $21.6 million and 135 positions, including 67 Special Agents, to address the surge in domestic terrorism cases in the U.S.