2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Dick Durbin, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee:
"I'd like to ask you Director Wray, do you agree that the Capitol attack involved white supremacists and other violent extremists?"
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Wray, FBI Director:
"Certainly the Capitol attack involved violent extremists, as I said, we, the FBI, consider this a form of domestic terrorism. It included a variety of backgrounds. Certainly there were quite a number, we're seeing quite a number as we're building out the cases on the individuals we've arrested for the violence, quite a number who what we would call sort of militia violent extremists."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Dick Durbin, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee:
"Do you have any evidence that the Capitol attack was organized by, quote, fake Trump protesters?"
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Wray, FBI Director:
"We have not seen evidence of that at this stage, certainly. Thank you, Senator."
"So unless you disagree with Wolfe or Barr, how do you plan to make your left wing anarchist extremism program as robust as your white supremacy and malicious extremism program?"
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Wray, FBI Director:
"Well, I think there's a... that's a long and complicated question to answer, in a sentence. But I'll give you a few things for right now. One is, I think, as with any domestic terrorism threat or frankly, any counterterrorism threat more broadly, we're always looking to develop more and better sources so we get more visibility, insight into the plans and intentions, tactics, procedures, et cetera, of any group of violent extremists."
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Wray, FBI Director:
"The more arrests we make, the more from those cases we learn about who else their contacts are, what their tactics are, what their strategies are, et cetera. And that makes us smarter and better able to get in front of the threat going forward."
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Wray, FBI Director:
"We don't tend to think we at the FBI don't tend to think of violent extremism in terms of right, left. You know, that's not a spectrum that we look at. What I would say is that it is clear, as I think I said to Chairman Durbin, that a large and growing number of the people that we have arrested so far in the in connection with the sixth are what we would call militia violent extremism, militia violent extremists. And then there have been some already that have emerged who I would have put in the racially motivated, violent extremist bucket."
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D) Vermont:
"You did not see Antifa or left wing group playing a significant role in the January 6th interaction."
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Wray, FBI Director:
"Certainly, while we're equal opportunity and looking for violent extremism of any of any ideology, we have not to date seeing any evidence of of anarchist violent extremists or people subscribing to Antifa in connection with the 6th. That doesn't mean we're not looking and we'll continue to look. But at the moment we have not seen that."
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Lindsay Graham, (R) South Carolina:
"Is it fair to say, as director of the FBI, you were not informed of the raw intelligence coming from the Norfork office? Is that correct?"
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Wray, FBI Director:
"Not before January 6th."
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Lindsay Graham, (R) South Carolina:
"OK, so this was an internet posting that somebody captured?"
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Wray, FBI Director:
"My understanding is that this was information posted online under a moniker or a pseudonym, it was unvetted, uncorroborated information, but it was and it was somewhat aspirational in nature, but it was concerning. It was concerning and was specific enough that we, our folks in Norfolk thought the need to get it out, even if we hadn't had a chance to to corroborate or vet it."
18. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Lindsay Graham, (R) South Carolina:
"The lessons learned in terms of how we could have acted better on that information?"
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Wray, FBI Director:
"I think we're in... the truthful answer is we're still looking at that, you know, this was you know, I look at intelligence, both collection, analysis, dissemination. We need to get better at collecting, obviously. But the key part here was we often don't have the luxury of time to analyze this information before it gets disseminated."
FBI Director Chris Wray says the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol was not organized by people posing as Trump supporters.
At a hearing Tuesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin asked Wray if there was any evidence the attack was organized by “fake Trump protesters.”
Wray replied the FBI has “not seen evidence of that."
Some Republican members of Congress have suggested that left-wing protesters dressed up as Trump supporters to attack the Capitol, despite no evidence of that.
The group laid siege on the building and interrupted the count of presidential electoral votes after then-President Donald Trump told them in a speech to “fight like hell” to overturn his defeat to Democrat Joe Biden.
Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for the first time in almost two years. Wray is defending the bureau’s handing of intelligence indicating that there might be violence January 6.
He says the bureau immediately shared with other agencies a report that included “raw and unverified” intelligence predicting the attack.
A Jan. 5 report from the FBI’s Norfolk, Virginia, field office warned of online posts foreshadowing a “war” in Washington the following day. The former chief of the Capitol Police and others have said the information wasn’t flagged for them and was only sent in an email.
Wray says he did not see the report until after the insurrection but it was shared properly.