The now considers threats posed by white supremacists and other racist extremists to be a top investigative priority for the agency, FBI Director Christopher Wray said as he his agency’s counterterrorism strategy on Wednesday.

“Racially motivated violent extremism” has been elevated to “a national threat priority” for the fiscal year 2020, Wray told the House Judiciary Committee, saying that “puts it on the same footing as ISIS and homegrown violent extremists” inspired by foreign terrorist groups.

Over 2018 and 2019, domestic terrorists motivated by racial or religious hatred were “the primary source of ideologically motivated lethal incidents and violence,” the director said. They have also been considered the most deadly of all domestic extremism movements since 2001, he said.

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