FBI briefs lawmakers on Texas, Ohio mass shootings

FBI briefs lawmakers on Texas, Ohio mass shootings
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FBI Director Christopher Wray has briefed members of Congress on the two mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, that occurred over the weekend.

Sources on the Democratic caucus call confirmed that Wray had spoken with House Democrats about the issue earlier Wednesday, a day after the House GOP received a similar briefing from the FBI chief.


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Overnight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts MORE (R-Ky.) and other Senate Republicans were briefed on the shootings Wednesday as well, according to congressional sources, while it was initially unclear whether Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer, Pelosi push Trump to back universal background check bill Sinema says she would back Kennedy in race against Markey Democrats threaten to withhold defense votes over wall MORE (D-N.Y.) and Senate Democrats had received a briefing.

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Trump: 'Great to see' Pelosi plan to lower drug prices Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices MORE (R-Iowa), who was on Wednesday's call with Wray, tweeted that he had thanked the agency "for the support theyre giving El Paso + Dayton law enforcement" and pledged to continue to monitor developments in the investigations.

Lawmakers, particularly Democrats, have pressured the Justice Department and the Trump administration to respond to growing white nationalist and white supremacist movements in the U.S., calls that gained strength following the weekend's two shootings.

Last month, Wray told lawmakers that the majority of the FBI's domestic terrorism arrests from the past year have involved white supremacy. 

The suspect in the El Paso shooting, where 22 died, is thought to have been influenced by white supremacist and anti-immigrant materials and to have posted a manifesto including such sentiments before the attack.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE denounced white supremacist ideologies in a national address following the shootings this weekend and on Wednesday visited both Ohio and Texas.