Democrats Wants Sessions’ FBI Report Trashed
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 11/17/2017, 10:08 a.m.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to say this week whether he believes the Black Lives Matter movement is a “Black identity extremist” group, a term used in a recently disclosed FBI report that claims such organizations would use “perceptions” of police brutality against African Americans to justify violent attacks on officers, reports the Huffington Post. Congressman Karen Bass (D-Calif), however, wants the FBI to disown the report and “throw it in the trash bin.” Bass says the report makes racist generalizations about police brutality protesters. “It is extremely important that we make it very public so we can stop it,” she said at a press conference. Bass questioned Sessions about the FBI intelligence report titled “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers” during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday (Nov. 14). The Aug. 3 report stated that it was “very likely” that “perceptions of unjust treatment of African Americans and the perceived unchallenged illegitimate actions of law enforcement will inspire premeditated attacks against law enforcement over the next year.” Under Bass’s questioning, Sessions said that he knew of African-American groups that had “an extraordinary commitment to their racial identity,” some of which had “transformed themselves... into violent activists.” Sessions said he hadn’t read the FBI report but would be interested in reading it. He said the FBI usually does an “excellent job” on the reports, which he said were typically “objective and fair.” Sessions said the Justice Department “would not unlawfully target people.” The FBI’s report never explicitly mentioned the Black Lives Matter movement. Asked if he’d consider the Black Lives Matter movement a “black identity extremist” group, Sessions demurred: “I’m not able to comment on that. I have not so declared it.”