In the letter, the senators said the FBI has created a new category — “racially-motivated violent extremism” — that “inappropriately” combines white supremacist incidents with those involving “Black identity extremists.”
By doing so, the FBI has “shifted its approach to tracking domestic terrorism incidents to obfuscate the white supremacist threat,” the senators said.
“Given the large number of white supremacist attacks, we are deeply concerned that this reclassification downplays the significance of the white supremacist threat,” they said. “If we do not understand the scope of the problem, we cannot effectively address it.”
An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment.