The Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat on Tuesday called for President Donald Trump to appoint an independent commission to investigate the threat of terror attacks against the West.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) also said the Senate should investigate the alleged involvement of the FBI in the 2016 bombing of a Jewish community center in Colorado Springs.
“There is an issue here, a real issue, of the lack of oversight of the federal government,” Grassley told reporters at a news conference.
“The Senate Judiciary committee needs to take up the issue of what went wrong here and if it’s appropriate for the FBI to be involved.”
The FBI, which is investigating the Colorado Springs bombing, said it has no information linking the bomb to a terror plot.
The bombing came just days after the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to reauthorize the Patriot Act, a law that gives the government wide powers to monitor and surveil Americans without probable cause.
The Senate panel voted to hold a hearing on the FBI’s investigation into the bombing.
Grassley said he was concerned the FBI had not conducted its own investigation.
“If we’re not allowed to have an independent investigation, then we have a serious problem, not just with the FBI but with the Department of Justice,” Grassley said.
“I’m not going to sit idly by and let this happen.”