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Democrats offer resolution denouncing white supremacists ahead of Trump trial

Democrats offer resolution denouncing white supremacists ahead of Trump trial
© Greg Nash

A group of Senate Democrats on Tuesday introduced a resolution condemning white supremacists, while calling on the FBI to conduct an immediate review of the threat posed by domestic terror groups.

The resolution, introduced by Sen. Martin HeinrichMartin Trevor HeinrichDemocrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico Intelligence leaders warn of threats from China, domestic terrorism Top academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act MORE (D-N.M.) and and Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSchumer lays groundwork for future filibuster reform Holder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Capitol Police officer killed in car attack lies in honor in Capitol Rotunda MORE (D-N.Y.), also highlighted neo-Nazis, anti-government militias and conspiracy theories including QAnon as posing threats to democratic institutions.

The senators said the U.S. intelligence community should join the FBI in examining how fringe groups use social media to recruit members.

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The resolution says that in addition to being involved with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the extremist groups were "directly responsible" for the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, one of five people killed during the riots.

The introduction of the resolution comes exactly one week before the Senate is scheduled to begin a second impeachment trial for former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE.

House impeachment managers and Trump's lawyers each laid out their trial plans on Tuesday, with Democrats saying Trump bears direct responsibility for the mob attack on the Capitol last month. The former president's attorneys argue that the impeachment trial is unconstitutional since Trump is no longer in office.