The remarks came as a part of a speech delivered handling the increasing occurrences of domestic terrorism across the United States. "The number of open FBI domestic terrorism investigations this year has increased significantly," said Garland. "According to an unclassified summary of the March intelligence assessment, the two most lethal elements of the domestic violence extremist threat are racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists and militia violent extremists."
"In the FBI's view, the top domestic violent extremist threat comes from racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists, specifically those who advocated for the superiority of the white race," Garland maintained. The remarks come after President Joe Biden announced a similar warning earlier this month during a speech marking 100 years since the Tulsa massacre.
"According to the intelligence community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today," said Biden.
President Joe Biden's administration on Tuesday revealed a plan to approach the threat of violence posed by white supremacists and militias, five months after members of those groups joined in a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.
The White House issued a 30-page strategy for increased information sharing between federal and local officials and social media companies, additional means to recognize and prosecute threats, and new impediments to prevent Americans from touching dangerous groups.
The administration carried a full evaluation earlier this year of domestic terrorism that described white supremacists and militia groups as top national security threats. The matter took on new gravity after a Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump who were seeking to reverse Biden's election victory.
The new strategy stopped short of calling for new laws to fight domestic threats, and officials on Tuesday did not offer many details on specific new resources.
"We concluded that we didn't have the evidentiary basis, yet, to decide whether we wanted to proceed in that direction or whether we have sufficient authority as it currently exists at the federal level," said a senior administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the announcement.
In the speech on Tuesday, Garland also said in the "coming days and months" he would convene an interagency task force dedicated to combating domestic terrorism. Garland said he has already "begun to reinvigorate" that task force.