The House Homeland Security Committee has asked for additional details about possible right-wing and left-wing extremists who may be inciting violence during riots related to the death of George Floyd, according to The Hill.
The Democratic members of the committee sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf.
The letter expressed “serious concerns” regarding the “Constitutional implications” of officials’ statements that these extremists are causing violence amid the protests.
“We also seek to understand the truth and evidence behind reports of extremist involvement in protests and how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI are responding to these issues while ensuring that Americans’ civil rights and civil liberties are protected,” the committee said in the letter.
The letter follows reports that extremists are fomenting violence in cities around the country.
President Donald Trump said on Sunday tweeted he will designate anti-fascist activist group Antifa as a terrorist group. Federal authorities, however, can't label domestic groups as terrorists.
“The stakes — including the protection of Americans’ physical safety and their Constitutional rights — are enormous,” the letter added.
Attorney General William Barr also mentioned the anti-fascist group in a statement on Sunday.
"The violence instigated and carried out by Antifa and other similar groups in connection with the rioting is domestic terrorism and will be treated accordingly,” Barr said.
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