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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Asks FBI Director Why Congressionally Mandated Report On Domestic Terrorism Was Never Completed

January 15, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi sent a letter to Christopher Wray, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – in the wake of the U.S. Capitol building attack – inquiring as to why the FBI never completed a report on domestic terrorism, which was required under the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Congressman Krishnamoorthi raised the concern that a timelier presentation of this report may have aided in preparing for the siege on January 6th, 2021.

Under the 2020 NDAA, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) were required to submit a report on domestic terrorism in June 2020. However, the full report was not completed.

“The required report from the 2020 NDAA would have provided us with the statistics and the information necessary to discuss and respond to domestic terrorism threats,” Congressman Krishnamoorthi said.

The agencies did not complete the report on domestic terrorism while at the same time acknowledging its overwhelming threat to the security of the United States. In September, Chad Wolf, acting secretary of DHS said that in terms of domestic concerns, white supremacists are the “most persistent and lethal threat” to the U.S. Congressman Krishnamoorthi noted that considering that acknowledgement of the threat, the legally required report should have been prioritized.

In light of the January 6th attack on the Capitol building, Congressman Krishnamoorthi relayed to Director Wray the importance of the data and intelligence on domestic terrorism that were to be included in the 2020 NDAA domestic terrorism report and urged him to complete it immediately.

“Given this unprecedented attack on our democratic institutions and national security, it is more important than ever for this report to be published so that we can fully understand the extent of the domestic terrorism threat in our country,” Congressman Krishnamoorthi said.

Congressman Krishnamoorthi requested the following information from FBI Director Wray:

  1. Why has the FBI not complied with its legal obligation under the 2020 NDAA to provide a report on domestic terrorism by June 2020?
  2. Did the White House express any interest or exert any influence in delaying the timing of this report on domestic terrorism?
  3. When will the FBI complete the domestic terrorism report required by the 2020 NDAA?

A copy of the letter is available here.