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FBI's Comey on Trump travel ban - 'citizenship alone' not threat indicator
May 3, 2017 / 5:47 PM / 7 months ago

FBI's Comey on Trump travel ban - 'citizenship alone' not threat indicator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI Director James Comey concurred with a Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday that citizenship alone is not a reliable indicator of the “terror threat” a person may pose to the United States, a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from several Muslim-majority countries.

“Most of the people that I talked about that we have open cases on are American citizens,” Comey told a U.S. Senate panel, agreeing with Senator Patrick Leahy that citizenship does not determine a person’s intentions.

Trump’s restrictions on visa issuance to citizens of Syria, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia is on hold by federal court order.

Reporting by Julia Edwards Ainsley; editing by Grant McCool

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