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Washington, D.C. –  House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) issued the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s initial handling of the investigation and the unanswered questions that remain regarding this weekend’s attack at a Colleyville synagogue.

“Over the past 48 hours, President Biden’s Justice Department has gone from denying the clear and religious, anti-Semitic implications of this attack to now backtracking to what we all already knew to be true. Now as more information becomes available, it only raises more questions:

  • Why were Biden officials downplaying terrorist attacks within our borders?
  • Why did the FBI initially disregard the role anti-Semitism played in this hostage situation?
  • What indications were missed in the lead up to this attack because resources were redirected to other areas?
  • How was it that someone with an apparent criminal record and suspicious travel history was allowed into the United States to begin with?
  • What national security concerns remain? 

“The Biden administration must answer for how this case has already been mishandled, and must provide a clear strategy on how they plan to continue to investigate the outstanding terror threats.”