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House Oversight requests Secret Service briefing on threats of extremist violence in wake of Capitol riot

House Oversight requests Secret Service briefing on threats of extremist violence in wake of Capitol riot
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Leaders of the House Oversight and Reform Committee requested a closed-door briefing from the Secret Service on Wednesday as officials have cautioned about the threats of domestic extremist violence after the deadly raid on the U.S. Capitol. 

A bipartisan group of committee and subcommittee leaders sent a letter to Secret Service Director James Murray calling for a briefing on its “protective security mission” at the White House.

The letter was signed by the committee's chair, Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyHow ERA is good for the economy Wray suggests limits on FBI social media tracking a 'lesson learned' after Jan. 6 Trump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show MORE (D-N.Y.); its ranking member, Rep. James ComerJames (Jamie) R. ComerOvernight Health Care: Fauci urges vaccination to protect against Delta variant | White House: 'Small fraction' of COVID-19 vaccine doses will be unused Tlaib, Democrats slam GOP calls for border oversight to fight opioid crisis Republicans seek vindication amid reemergence of Wuhan lab theory MORE (R-Ky.); Rep. Stephen LynchStephen Francis LynchOvernight Defense: Ex-Pentagon chief defends Capitol attack response as GOP downplays violence | Austin, Biden confer with Israeli counterparts amid conflict with Hamas | Lawmakers press Pentagon officials on visas for Afghan partners GOP downplays Jan. 6 violence: Like a 'normal tourist visit' GOP's Gosar defends Jan. 6 rioter, says she was 'executed' MORE (D-Mass.), the chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security; and the subcommittee's ranking member, Rep. Glenn GrothmanGlenn S. GrothmanWisconsin lawmaker offers bill to ban teaching of critical race theory in DC schools The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Masks off: CDC greenlights return to normal for vaccinated Americans Stefanik shake-up jump-starts early jockeying for committee posts MORE (R-Wis.). 

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The lawmakers pointed to a rise in online discussion among “domestic violent extremists and militia organizations,” including potential plans for “attacks with significant consequences for U.S. national security.”

“We respect the highly sensitive nature of the Secret Service’s mission and specific protective operations,” the letter read. “It is imperative that the Secret Service provide Congress with a complete threat assessment and security briefing to ensure that your agency has the resources and authorities necessary to ensure the successful completion of its protective security mission.”

The representatives said they were seeking the “current threat environment and implications” relating to the security of President Biden, Vice President Harris, former presidents, former vice presidents and all of their families. 

The committee leaders also asked for information on how intelligence is communicated between federal, state and local agencies and what security personnel and resources are available.

A spokesperson for the Secret Service said in a statement that the agency works through its “appropriate channels to diligently address correspondence and requests from Congress directly.”

The breach of the Capitol last month resulted in five deaths, including a Capitol Police officer. It has sparked a variety of security concerns, prompting several congressional inquiries into law enforcement and security.