Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), wrote in a letter to President Biden and his top Defense chiefs, that the federal government must do more to weed out far-right views and white supremacist sympathizers in the armed forces and other areas of government. “Perhaps most importantly, DoD and the U.S. Government at large are not effectively screening service members and other individuals with sensitive roles for white-supremacist and violent-extremist ties.”

Her comments come in response to a CNN analysis published last week that found a “disproportionate” amount of active duty or retired members of the armed forces have been charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, making up 14%.

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