FBI Director Christopher Wray claims that most domestic terrorism is caused by white supremacists. In addition, Wray said that thus far in 2019, domestic terrorism arrests are roughly equal to international terrorism arrests.
As reported by Newsweek, Wray made the comments on Capitol Hill during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The 52-year-old said that "homegrown violent extremists" are currently the greatest threat to the United States, and said that these extremists are often inspired by foreign jihadist organizations.
In response to Wray's comment about jihadist-inspired extremism, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin highlighted a May 2017 FBI/DHS intelligence report that suggests that white supremacists were connected to more homicides from 2000 to 2016 than any other group.
Wray clarified and said that — despite his comments about jihadi-inspired extremists — the FBI has arrested about 100 people in relation to domestic terrorism in the first three quarters of 2019, which is reportedly about equal to arrests for international terrorism.
Durbin also said that there is a "concern" that white supremacy isn't being taken as seriously as it should. But Wray said that the FBI takes the issue "extremely seriously" and is "aggressively pursuing it."
"I will say that a majority of the domestic terrorism cases we've investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence," Wray admitted.