British Leaders Resolute After Attack
British Prime Minister Theresa May struck a defiant tone after an attacker killed four people and injured about 40 others near Britain's Parliament in London, saying people should go about their business as usual Thursday.
"They will board their trains, they will leave their hotels, they will walk these streets, they will live their lives and we will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart," May said.
The prime minister added that lawmakers would hold their normal meeting Thursday.
But London is under extra security with a boost in both armed and unarmed officers as police continue to investigate the attack that began Wednesday with a car running into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.
Mark Rowley, head of counterterrorism efforts for London's Metropolitan Police Service, said authorities believe they know the attacker's identity, but are not yet releasing that information.
"We have hundreds of officers on this investigation and they are focusing on the suspect's motivation, preparation and his associates," Rowley told reporters.
He said authorities are working on the assumption that the attack was an act of "Islamist-related terrorism."
Rowley also identified the security officer who died in the attack as 48-year-old Keith Palmer, a husband and father who had served in British law enforcement for 15 years.
Prime Minister May addressed the public on television, calling the attack "sick and depraved."
May said any attempt to intimidate the British people through violence and terror is doomed to failure.
Latest Twists, Turns Threaten to Bog Down Congress’ Russia Investigation
An extraordinary public airing of the usually hidden, inner-workings of the U.S. intelligence community is rapidly casting doubt on the ability of lawmakers to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“What I’ve read bothers me and I think it should bother the president himself and his team,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters after taking the unusual step of briefing the president personally.
“The president himself and others in the Trump transition team were clearly put into intelligence reports,” Nunes said outside the White House. “Some of it seems to be inappropriate.”
The revelations by Nunes come just two days after FBI Director James Comey confirmed officials are investigating the Trump campaign’s possible connections with Russia. But Comey rejected Trump’s Twitter claims of wiretapping.
Asked about Nunes’ comments, Trump said Wednesday he felt vindicated.
"I must tell you that I somewhat do,” the president said. “I very much appreciated the fact that they found what they found."
Nunes said he had only seen some of the dozens of intelligence reports that allegedly named the president and members of his team. But he emphasized the reports had “nothing to do with Russia and nothing to do with the Russia investigation.”
Nunes’ revelations may also lend more credence to claims by Trump supporters about a so-called “Deep State,” with officials loyal to former President Barack Obama actively trying to undermine the Trump White House.