White House press secretary Jen Psaki says President Joe Biden has directed his intelligence community to study the threat of domestic extremism in the U.S., an effort launched weeks after a violent mob loyal to Donald Trump stormed the Capitol. (Jan. 22)
JEN PSAKI: 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. The Biden administration will confront this threat with the necessary resources and resolve. We are committed to developing policies and strategies based on facts, on objective and rigorous analysis, and on our respect for Constitutionally-protected free speech and political activities.
Our initial work on DVE will broadly fall into three areas. The first is a tasking from President Biden sent to the ODNI today requesting a comprehensive threat assessment, coordinated with the FBI and DHS on domestic violent extremism. This assessment will draw on the analysis from across the government and, as appropriate, non-governmental organizations. The key point here is that we want fact-based analysis upon which we can shape policy, so this is really the first step in the process.