Violence prompts U.S. Congress to discuss
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[August 17, 2017]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S.
congressional panel next month will hold a hearing on violent extremism,
including threats from domestic militants, following a white supremacist
rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly.
The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security
Committee, Republican Michael McCaul, announced the Sept. 12 hearing in
a letter to the panel's top Democrat, Bennie Thompson.
The committee holds a hearing once a year, around the anniversary of the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, to discuss worldwide threats.
A committee aide said the Charlottesville protests had prompted the
decision to broaden the hearing to include threats from domestic
But Thompson said the move was "not adequate or appropriate" to address
his request for a hearing on threats from white supremacists and
"The September 12 hearing to cover worldwide threats is an annual
hearing that was already scheduled prior to the domestic attacks this
weekend," Thompson said. "It will not allow us to go into the depth
necessary to address the far-ranging and multifaceted aspects of the
threat posed by domestic terrorist threats from white supremacist and
The Homeland Security Committee will invite leaders of the Homeland
Security Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the
National Counterterrorism Center, McCaul said.
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U.S. Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) speaks to the news media
after a meeting at Trump Tower to speak with U.S. President-elect
Donald Trump in New York, U.S., November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas
"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," McCaul wrote in his response to
Democrats' request for a hearing.
A 32-year-old woman was killed on Saturday in Charlottesville when a
car plowed into a rival protest to white supremacist demonstrators.
A 20-year-old Ohio man said to have harbored Nazi sympathies has
been charged with murder.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday said both sides were to blame for
the violence, drawing condemnation from both fellow Republicans and
Democrats for failing to single out the white nationalists.
(Reporting by Eric Beech and Caren Bohan; Editing by Howard Goller
and Leslie Adler)
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