In the wake of this month’s deadly attack on the Capitol building, the White House is pledging to confront the “serious and growing” threat of “domestic violent extremism.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced Friday that President Biden is requesting a “comprehensive threat assessment” from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence focused on domestic violent extremism, which will be conducted in coordination with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
“The January 6 assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we have long known: the rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat,” Psaki said. “The Biden administration will confront this threat with the necessary resources and resolve.”
Psaki said the threat assessment Biden has ordered is the “first step” toward doing so, and it will provide “fact-based analysis upon which we can shape policy.”
Additionally, Psaki said the National Security Council will launch a “policy review effort” focused on “how the government can share information better about this threat” and “support efforts to prevent radicalization, disrupt violent extremist networks, and more.” Finally, she said, the Biden administration will work to coordinate “relevant parts of the federal government to enhance and accelerate efforts to address” domestic violent extremism.
A mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6 while Congress was meeting to certify Biden’s election win, leaving five people dead. Biden condemned the rioters as “domestic terrorists,” and CNN previously reported that his administration plans to “make domestic terrorism a significant focus of the National Security Council.”
NEW: Press Sec. Psaki announces Biden admin. efforts to combat domestic violent extremism:
• DNI to oversee a “comprehensive threat assessment”
• “Build NSC capability” to counter extremism, disrupt extremist networks
• Coordination among federal depts. on evolving threats pic.twitter.com/dmwpd9z0D2
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 22, 2021