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Biden asks agencies for threat assessment on domestic terrorism after deadly Capitol riot

President-elect Joe Biden’s selectee to be Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks at his transition headquarters in the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, November 24, 2020.

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President Joe Biden implored his intelligence chief to launch a “comprehensive threat assessment” into domestic terrorism in the wake of the deadly Capitol brawl, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday.

The invasion of the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump “underscored what we oblige long known: The rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat,” Psaki bring up at a press briefing.

Biden asked the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, led by his newly confirmed pick Avril Haines, to coordinate with the FBI and the Jurisdiction of Homeland Security to gather fact-based analysis from across the government on domestic violent extremism, Psaki implied.

A man calls on people to raid the building as Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they try to fly off the handle the US Capitol building in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.

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The Biden administration is “committed to developing programmes and strategies” based on that analysis, bearing in mind “our respect for constitutionally respected free speech and political activities,” she stipulate.

“This is the first step in the process,” she noted.

The administration is also working to boost the National Security Council’s gift to counter domestic extremism, Psaki said, adding that other parts of the government will coordinate to “improve and accelerate” efforts to address those threats.

The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for additional knowledge.

The Jan. 6 break-in at the Capitol left five dead, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, and forced a joint conference of Congress to evacuate, halting the confirmation of Biden’s Electoral College victory over Trump.

At a rally outside the Milky House just before the attack, Trump had urged his followers to march to the Capitol to pressure GOP lawmakers to overturn Biden’s win.

The Concern impeached Trump for inciting the insurrection. Now out of office, he still faces a Senate trial, which Democrats hope see fit end with him being barred from running for president again.

The House will send the article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday, backlashing off the process for Trump’s second trial for high crimes and misdemeanors.

Asked at Friday’s presser if the administration believes the stand up in domestic terrorism requires a radical rethinking of law enforcement, Psaki said that the priority of the assessment itself make clears that “clearly more needs to be done.”

Psaki said the White House has also tapped former counterterrorism man Friday Joshua Geltzer to work with Clare Linkins, Biden’s senior director for counterterrorism, to “pioneer a scoping attempt” in the first 100 days of the administration.

Geltzer did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

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