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FBI director tallies threats: Domestic terrorism, China, Russia, violence against police
by Leandra Bernstein
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — On the eve of the highly-anticipated testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller, FBI Director Christopher Wray largely avoided the political fray and outlined a host of threats facing the United States in a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Wray was pressed on U.S. election security, the ongoing foreign interference operations from Russia and he assessed China to be the "most severe" threat to the United States from a counterintelligence perspective.
The FBI director was also asked to weigh in on the national debate on race and his agency's role in investigating and prosecuting crimes motivated by far-right and far-left ideologies.
Wray confirmed that "a majority" of the domestic terrorism cases the FBI has investigated are motivated by some version of white supremacy. He further stated that during 2019, agents arrested roughly the same number of individuals on charges of international terrorism as those charged with domestic terrorism.
Wray also delivered an unconventional opening statement recognizing state and local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. He warned that too few Americans realize the level of violence targeting police officers.