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DOJ Forms Domestic Terrorism Unit

HeadlineJan 12, 2022

The Justice Department announced it’s forming a new unit to combat the growing threat of domestic terrorism. Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen told a Senate committee Tuesday the number of FBI domestic terror investigations has more than doubled since March 2020.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen: “We’ve seen a growing threat from those who are motivated by racial animus, as well as those who ascribe to extremist anti-government and anti-authority ideologies.”

While Democrats opened the hearing with a video about the January 6 insurrection, Republicans worked to center questioning around leftist protest movements. Pressed by Senator Chuck Grassley, the FBI’s Jill Sanborn said the agency has opened over 800 cases related to the 2020 wave of Black Lives Matter protests.

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