During yet another round of testimony and “clarifications” from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) blasted a report about so-called “black identity extremists.”
She began by noting that between 1956 and 1971 the FBI ran a counter intelligence program initiated by former director J. Edgar Hoover that involved abuses of power. She then noted a new Justice Department report into that warned “black identity extremists” were likely targeting law enforcement officers.
“Who had the power in your department to order a report like this?” Bass asked. Sessions replied that he wasn’t sure how the report got ordered.
“I don’t believe I approved it or directed it,” he said. He also admitted he is familiar with the idea of “black identity extremism.”
“Can you tell me what it means to you?” Bass continued. “Do you believe there is a movement of African-Americans that identify themselves as black identity extremists and what does that movement do?”
He explained that he found it “interesting to see the conclusions” but that he knew there were groups with “an extraordinary commitment to the racial identity” that turned violent.
“You aware of white organizations that do this as well?” Bass asked. “Given the movements such as the neo-Nazis, are they white?”
She went on to ask if there was a similar report performed on those “white identity extremists,” such as white supremacists and neo-Nazis. “You mentioned you were familiar with black people who identify with the racial identity.”
He replied that he was but the details weren’t coming to him at the moment.
“Not coming to you? Certainly a group such as the Ku Klux Klan,” she commented. He agreed he knew of them as well of skinheads. However, Bass wanted to know if the FBI had done a similar report on “white identity extremists” who target law enforcement officers.
“I’m not aware of that,” Sessions admitted.
Bass continued asking if Sessions had ever heard of the Sovereign Citizens, a predominately white organization that has targeted and killed police officers. Sessions said he wasn’t exactly sure of their criminal history.
“Can you name an African-American organization that have committed violence against police officers?” Bass asked. “Can you name one today that targeted police officers in a violent manner?”
“I believe I could, but I would want to confirm that and submit it to you in writing,” Sessions replied. “I believe we had within the last year or so four police officers killed by a group that some have described as extremists.”
“So, what happened is there have been a couple of incidences in which African-Americans did kill police officers but were not associated with a black organization,” Bass continued. “One, for example, in Baton Rouge, was associated with Sovereign Citizens, which is primarily a white group. There is a lot of concern in the community from organizations such as Black Lives Matter. By the way, would you consider a Black Lives Matter an extremist group?”
Sessions said he wasn’t able to comment on it but that he hasn’t declared it so at the Justice Department.
“You should know that a lot of activists around the country are concerned that we are getting ready to repeat a very sad chapter where people rightfully protesting what they perceive as injustice as a relationship with police officers are being targeted and labeled as extremists and going through periods of surveillance and harassment,” Bass said. “What is your department going to do to protect the rights of average citizens to protest if they have a concern about police officers.”
Sessions swore his department would not unlawfully target people. But Bass asked that Sessions review the report because “I don’t believe they exist.” She explained the organizations that are mentioned in the report are from decades ago. “I would like to know what will you do to essentially roll back what is listed in this report? It’s not accurate.”
Sessions said he’d look into it.
“They usually do an excellent job on those kinds of reports,” he said.
Watch the exchange below:
Armed Biden and Trump supporters involved in violent clash outside Democratic rally in Georgia
Supporters of President Donald Trump were involved in a physical confrontation with supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden outside a rally for the Democratic candidate in Warm Springs, Georgia on Tuesday.
Video of the incident was captured by Twitter user AlliB77, who describes herself as an "unapologetic conservative."
As the video begins, a Biden supporter wearing a face mask can be see charging at a mask-less Trump supporter.
An armed Trump supporter then puts the Biden supporter in a chokehold before tossing him to the ground.
‘Now it’s cool’: Ivanka Trump praises her dad for ‘doing the YMCA’ as Americans die from COVID
Ivanka Trump on Wednesday praised her father for dancing to the Village People's "Y.M.C.A." tune despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
"He really believes that a part of his job is to be a cheerleader for America," Ivanka Trump explained at a campaign event in Charlotte. "So I'm nagging him the whole time he's in the hospital to relax a little bit, take a couple of minutes, he's feeling good, relax, relax."
She continued: "The first time he hits the road, he's like doing the Y.M.C.A. and dancing all over the stage. I'm like, it's not enough you're doing all these rallies and you're up on stage and you're speaking for an hour and a half without a guitar. He loves to say, 'Imagine if I played an instrument.' But he's up there, he's working and then he's dancing off the stage. He's a remarkable human being."
‘I don’t see any hands’: Awkward silence after CNN asks undecided voter panel if Trump won debate
A panel of undecided voters unanimously told CNN on Thursday that President Donald Trump did not win the final presidential debate of 2020.
"Who thinks Donald Trump won this debate?" CNN's Gary Tuchman asked the panel of North Carolina voters following the debate.
"I don't see any hands. That's a zero," the reporter added following an awkward moment of silence.
In all, nine voters said that Democratic nominee Joe Biden came out ahead, while two voters believed it was a draw.
Watch the video below from CNN.