Question for Holder: 40 FBI agents on Ferguson, how many on ISIS recruitment in Minneapolis?

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On Tuesday night’s program, Fox News host Megyn Kelly focused on the “striking” number of Americans out of the Minneapolis area going to fight alongside Islamic State militants in the Middle East.

Kelly noted that Attorney General Eric Holder assigned 40 FBI agents to investigate the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., before asking how many agents are looking into would-be terrorists from this region.

She said even U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is calling on the Department of Justice to get more involved.

“When Al Franken is criticizing you for being soft on terrorism, you’ve got an issue,” said guest Tom Dupree.

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The former deputy assistant attorney general said he hoped Holder would get more involved, like he did in Ferguson.

“I think ISIS poses a greater threat to the United States’ national security than the Ferguson police department does,” he said.”I trust the Justice Department will recognize that and I trust they will deploy sufficient resources to find out why Minneapolis and St. Paul have become a hotbed for ISIS and a fertile recruiting ground for jihadists.”

Kelly pointed to three Americans from the area who’ve joined with terrorists in the Middle East and Africa, including two killed recently fighting with ISIS who went to high school together.

“There’s something about Minneapolis and its community that is leading to this sort of radicalization,” she said. “What have we heard, if anything, from DOJ on this?”

“We haven’t heard much, Megyn,” Dupree replied, before adding that the FBI needs to focus on whether there are people on the ground “fomenting this sort of thing.”

See the full exchange here:

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