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Rep. Issa Calls for Judiciary Hearing On Impact of White Supremacist Groups on Civil Rights in America

Press Release
Aug 17, 2017

In the wake of the events in Charlottesville this weekend, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) today released a letter calling for the House Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing at the full committee level to examine the attacks in Charlottesville, recent displays of white nationalism, and their impact on civil rights in America.

A full copy of the letter is available here and text is below.

August 17, 2017


The Honorable Bob Goodlatte
Chairman, House Judiciary Committee
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Goodlatte:

As you and our colleagues are well aware, this weekend a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia was attended by hundreds of self-identified members of the KKK, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other repulsive hate groups. The despicable display of bigotry and evil resulted in an unconscionable attack that resulted in the death of Heather Heyer and the wounding of 20 others assembled in counter protest. As the nation grieves and heals from the scenes of this past weekend, we have a duty to more fully understand what led to these terrible events and the persistence of these hateful, extremist ideologies.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the Department of Justice will appropriately conduct a federal civil rights investigation into the violence in Charlottesville this weekend. Further, the House Homeland Security Committee has announced a hearing on September 12th to examine the events from the perspective of domestic terrorism. As members of the committee of jurisdiction on issues related to civil rights and democracy, we too have a unique duty to examine the impact recent displays of hatred from white supremacist groups have on civil rights in America. Therefore, I write today to call for the full Committee to hold a hearing on this topic when we return in September.

While Congress cannot legislate respect, decency, or acceptance of others, we have an obligation to use our platform to lead our country forward on these matters. Thank you for your time and I look forward to working with you further on these critical issues.


Darrell Issa
Member of Congress

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