UPDATED 7:34 AM PT — Friday, April 5, 2019
According to FBI Director Christopher Wray, hate crimes and extremist groups are posing a security threat to the U.S.
During an FBI budget request hearing in Congress Thursday, Wray warned of the rising threat of “violent extremism” and so-called “white supremacy.” He said the FBI’s anti-terror task force has to deal with the increased number of hate groups across the U.S.
His statement comes after Democrats called hearings on — what they call — “white nationalism,” which are slated for next week.
Wray suggested the FBI needs additional funding to counter those mounting security challenges.
“It’s not clear whether the increase is due to the number agencies that are now reporting who weren’t before,” he stated. “The FBI is doing a lot to raise awareness in the community, so there will be more reporting…I think it’s a good thing that there is more reporting, but we are concerned…we have brought a number of hate crimes cases recently.”
Wray has requested a $65 million increase in the FBI’s salary and expenses request for fiscal year 2020. Some congressmen claim this may be not enough to cover the bureau’s rising operational costs.