1. 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 supremacist and other violent extremist?"
2. 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."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Dick Durbin, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee:
"Do you have any evidence that the capital attack was organized by, quote, fake Trump protesters?"
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Wray, FBI Director:
"We have not seen evidence of that at this stage, certainly. (Durbin: Thank you. Senator?)"
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5. 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."
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6. 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."
7. 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."
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.
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