>> Our department is taking many steps to combat hate crimes.>> Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein vowed a crackdown on the kind of violent extremism seen in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. But critics are blasting such efforts, saying the federal government is not doing nearly enough to monitor and investigate right-wing hate groups.
Mark Hosenball is on the story.>> When you ask the US government tough questions about what they do to monitor right-wing groups. They say well, the Right-Wing groups are not a designated terrorist organization under US law, and therefore, they can't monitor them, they can only investigate them when they have evidence of a crime.
>> Current and former US officials told Reuters federal agents focused closely on suspected Islamist militants such as in the killing of eight people on a bike path in New York City a year ago. But they say few agents are focused on preventing right-wing extremists such as alleged Pittsburgh shooter Robert Bowers from carrying out attacks.
Bowers has a history of posting antisemitic messages on social media filled with slurs and conspiracy theories.>> Perhaps clarifying the law in that score would also make it easier and more appropriate for agencies like the FBI, like Homeland Security to monitor such activities.>> In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte Monday, Democrats led by ranking member Jerrold Nadler called for emergency hearings on ways to combat hate crimes and domestic terror.