House Democrat Crafts Alternative on Probe of DHS 'Right-Wing' Report

Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee have crafted a plan to partially block Republicans demands that the Department of Homeland Security explain why it compiled a study that cast "right-wing groups" as a potential terrorist threat.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson has drawn up a resolution that would require DHS to explain to Congress why it created the warning about "right-wing" groups. His proposal doesn't go as far as a Republican plan that asks for documents and source material that justified the threat assessment

The DHS threat assessment was titled "Right-wing Extremism Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment."

The study ignited a firestorm on Capitol Hill because the report suggested that "right-wing" groups could pose a threat to U.S. security. "Right-wingers" were defined as people who opposed abortion rights, were military veterans or backed the Second Amendment.

The top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith described the DHS effort as "political profiling."

At first, Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, balked at a Republican request to probe the motives of DHS. Thompson called it a "GOP stunt aimed at embarrassing the new administration."

A House Republican source indicated that the GOP may be willing to support Thompson's plan.