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 McConnellPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Democrats: A moment in history, use it wisely 'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project 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 SchumerChuck SchumerPublic awareness campaigns will protect the public during COVID-19 Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday MORE (D-N.Y.) and Senate Democrats had received a briefing.

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyCongress gears up for battle over expiring unemployment benefits US, Mexico set for new post-NAFTA trade era Senators press IRS chief on stimulus check pitfalls 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 TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE denounced white supremacist ideologies in a national address following the shootings this weekend and on Wednesday visited both Ohio and Texas.