McCaul, Schiff warn terrorist threat real

Reps. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulImmigration petition hits 204 as new Republican signs on Trump officials brief Congress on election cyber threats behind closed doors This week: House GOP regroups after farm bill failure MORE (R-Texas) and Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff on Trump's 'spygate' claims: He is asserting an imagined world is real Trump: ‘Spy’ was placed in campaign ‘way earlier than the Russian Hoax' The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal MORE (D-Calif.) agreed Sunday the threat of a terrorist attack still exists, but they are now on a smaller scale, rather than a Sept. 11-stye attack

“I believe the threat has become greater, not lesser,” said McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, on CNN's "State of the Union."

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He warned that the White House has been touting a “false narrative and premise” that al Qaeda is now on the run because Osama bin Laden is dead. 

“I personally see it spreading like a spider web, like a wildfire in Africa through the Middle East,” McCaul said.

Schiff, who serves on the House Select Committee on Intelligence, said the U.S. would never be 100 percent safe. Attacks the size of 9/11 is now less likely, but proliferation of small-scale attacks like April’s Boston bombing is a risk, he said.

“I think we are safer from these big attacks, but we do see continued risk of these smaller attacks.”