McCaul, Schiff warn terrorist threat real

Reps. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulOvernight Cybersecurity: Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica attracts scrutiny | House passes cyber response team bill | What to know about Russian cyberattacks on energy grid House approves legislation to authorize Homeland Security cyber teams Congress thinks big to tackle a defining crisis of our times MORE (R-Texas) and Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTop Intel Dem: Minority 'absolutely' plans to continue Russia witness interviews Overnight Tech: Zuckerberg breaks silence on Cambridge Analytica controversy | Senate passes sex trafficking bill | EU pushes new tax on tech | YouTube toughens rules on gun videos Schiff mocks Trump: Obama, Bush didn't need staff warning 'do not congratulate' Putin 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."

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.”