AG Lynch contradicts FBI on screening Syrian refugees

Attorney General Loretta Lynch insisted on Tuesday that the Obama administration has the ability to run effective security screenings on Syrian refugees, despite testimony from the FBI last month indicating it may not be possible to run these security checks.

The issue of security checks on refugees was called into question by FBI Director James Comey in October, when he told a House committee that checking refugees against a database won't do anything if the U.S. doesn't have any data on these refugees.

"And so if someone has never made a ripple in the pond in Syria in a way that would get their identity or their interest reflected in our database, we can query our database until the cows come home, but there will be nothing showing up because we have no record of them," Comey said.

Comey's words were recalled over the last few days, when France confirmed that at least one of the terrorists in last week's attacks in Paris entered that country disguised as a refugee.

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But at the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Lynch insisted that the U.S. will be able to process refugees safely. She first defended the current system of checking refugees against government databases.

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