The Department of Justice is creating a specialized domestic terrorism unit, the department’s top national-security official said Tuesday, amid a “growing threat” from violent extremists in America.

Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen revealed the new unit while testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“We have seen a growing threat from those who are motivated by racial animus, as well as those who ascribe to extremist anti-government and anti-authority ideologies,” Olsen said.

Since the spring of 2020, Olsen said the number of FBI probes into suspected domestic violent extremists has doubled.

The Justice Department already has a counterterrorism section within its National Security Division, which is led by Olsen.

The new unit will “augment our existing approach” and “ensure that these cases are properly handled and effectively coordinated,” Olsen said.

With Post wires

Assistant Attorney General for National Security Division Matthew Olsen, seen from a video monitor, testifies remotely before a Senate Judiciary Committee during a virtual hearing to examine the domestic terrorism threat one year after January 6, 2021.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security Division Matthew Olsen, seen from a video monitor, testifies remotely before a Senate Judiciary Committee during a virtual hearing to examine the domestic terrorism threat one year after January 6, 2021.
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