WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden has ordered his administration to conduct a full domestic terrorism risk assessment following the attack on the US Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, the White House said on Friday. The assessment will be conducted by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in coordination with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “We want a fact-based analysis, on which we can shape policy,” Psaki told reporters at a briefing. Psaki said that in addition to the threat assessment, the White House would develop capacity within its National Security Council to counter domestic violent extremism, including a policy review on how the federal government can better share information about the threat. The White House will also coordinate the relevant parts of the government to “improve and accelerate efforts” to address the problem, Psaki added. “The Jan.6 assault on the Capitol and the tragic deaths and destruction that occurred underscored what we have long known: the rise in domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing threat to national security. The Biden administration will address this threat with the necessary resources and resolve, “said Psaki. The United States Senate confirmed Avril Haines as Director of National Intelligence, the nation’s top intelligence post on Wednesday.
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