House Judiciary panel to hold April hearing on white nationalism

The House Judiciary Committee announced Wednesday that it will hold a hearing next week on hate crimes and white nationalist groups in America.

A statement from the panel, which is chaired by Rep. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBarr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry MORE (D-N.Y.), confirmed that the hearing is set for Tuesday morning.


"This hearing will examine hate crimes, the impact white nationalist groups have on American communities and the spread of white identity ideology. The hearing will also foster ideas about what social media companies can do to stem white nationalist propaganda and hate speech online," the statement read.

"Social media platforms have served as world-wide conduits to spread vitriolic hate messages into every home and country. The deadly 2017 'Unite the Right' white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, served as a frightening reminder of the current threat white nationalism and hate groups pose to the nation," the committee's press release continued.

Multiple news outlets reported last month that Nadler was planning to summon officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI to answer questions concerning the agency's efforts to counter white nationalism after recent attacks on faith communities.

Last month's deadly shooting at two New Zealand mosques, as well as the October 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh reignited calls for lawmakers to address white nationalism. President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE drew sharp criticism after last month's New Zealand mosque shootings for saying he does not see a rise in white nationalism.

The president said last month that attacks such as the New Zealand shootings involved “a small group of people," dismissing questions about far-right rhetoric and his own appearance in the Christchurch shooter's manifesto, which called Trump a “symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose.”