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Report: House Committee to Hold Hearings on Rise of White Nationalism

Report follows New Zealand, Tree of Life attacks.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee is planning to hold hearings into the rise of white nationalism, and what federal law enforcement is doing to combat the potential threat.

That's according to a report today from the Daily Beast, which says lawmakers are hoping to hold a hearing with FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials in early April. The report comes after a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques that left 50 people dead. Last October, 11 people were killed at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, PA, and last month a Coast Guard officer accused of plotting to kill 'Democrats and Media Members' was arrested in Maryland. In each case, the suspects had reported ties to white nationalism and/or white supremacist ideology.

We reached out to Congressman Guy Reschanthaler (R-PA), who sits on the Judiciary Committee, to ask if the Committee plans to hear testimony from anybody in connection to the Tree of Life shooting. We'll let you know if we hear a response from his office.

President Donald Trump downplayed the threat of white nationalism in the aftermath of the shootings in New Zealand, saying it was a "small group of people with very, very serious problems."

Last week, we told you about a study from the Anti-Defamation League, looking into the unintended consequences of combating hate speech online. Tonight, Duquesne University will host a symposium and panel discussion on hate speech and the First Amendment.

(Image: Tree of Life Facebook Page)

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