Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned by the House Judiciary Committee members on Tuesday on many things, one of which was an FBI report on “Black Identity Extremists.”
During his testimony, Congresswoman Karen Bass, a California Democrat, questioned Sessions about a recent FBI report that described “Black Identity Extremists” as a terrorist threat to the United States and domestic law enforcement agencies.
Bass asked Sessions if he was able to think of any similar white groups.
“Are you aware of white organizations that do this?” Bass asked. “Given that white supremacy is well documented, well researched movements such as the neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, etc—are they ‘White Identity Extremists?’”
Sessions pretended not to understand the question, possibly buying time to think of an answer, saying, “I didn’t follow that question.”
Bass restates the question in more simple terms, “Is there a term or a report on ‘White Identity Extremists?’” She continued. “You mentioned that you were familiar with black people who identified with their racial identity.”
“Yes…” Sessions stammered, “But it’s not coming to me at this moment.”
Eventually, Sessions assured Bass that there are, in fact, white supremacist movements the FBI has “for sure” identified, but he wasn’t aware of any comparable reports written about the threat they pose to police. Bass went on to cite the anti-government, predominantly white sovereign citizens movement—which the FBI has identified as a major domestic terror threat that’s also been called America’s top group of cop killers—which seemed to ring some distant bell with attorney general.
He was later asked to name a black group that’s currently targeting police officers with violence. Sessions simply dodged the question, presumably because he did not know of any.
When later pressed about whether he considers Black Lives Matter to be a “Black Identity Extremist” group, Sessions would not give a direct answer, but said, “I have not so declared it.”
Bass ended her questioning by asking what Sessions would do about to address the FBI’s report, which she called outdated and inaccurate.
Sessions again did not really answer the question, but said he would look into it, saying, “I actually would be interested to read it.”
Watch video of the questioning below:
(Article By James Carter)