Swalwell on the Capitol Riot: We Need a ‘9/11 Commission’ and a ‘White Nationalism Task Force’

‘They will need, I believe, at the Department of Justice, a white nationalism task force to make sure they’re understanding at the earliest of ages how people are being radicalized’

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TUR: “So is the House going to just wipe its hands of this now and move on, or will there be a 9/11-style commission looking into how January 6th happened? Is there more investigating that will be done?”

SWALWELL: “There is no moving on. You know, January 6th is a day, sadly, that we’ll all remember. I do think that we have to take an approach that we took after September 11 and root out white nationalism terrorism from our country. I do believe we need a September 11-style commission. Take it outside of Congress. I don’t want this in Congress, frankly. I think it should be an independent commission appointed outside of Congress from scholars, experts, states persons who can tell us what happened and how we can defeat it. And then inside Congress, that’s where we can ask Adam Schiff’s Protect Our Democracy Act, which would really clean up a lot of vulnerabilities that Donald Trump exposed.”

TUR: “Speaking of investigating white supremacy and white nationalism, do you think the intelligence communities should make a shift towards focusing more on that, after everything we have seen, rather than focusing on international terrorism? Is domestic terrorism something that really needs to be taken seriously given what we saw on January 6th?”

SWALWELL: “They will have to do both and they will need, I believe, at the Department of Justice, a white nationalism task force to make sure that they’re understanding at the earliest of ages how people are being radicalized, if there are, in fact, training camps. And our evidence, we found that the Oath Keepers, a group in particular, that they do have like training camps and initiation process very much like international terrorist groups do. So we have to make sure we use all the tools and the resources we have to find these groups, to defeat these groups and then bring them to justice in the courts.”

TUR: “Congressman Eric Swalwell of California. Congressman, thank you very much for joining us.”

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