FBI Director Wray says the Capitol siege has been an 'inspiration' to terrorist extremists

Christopher Wray's public comments are his first since the Jan. 6. assault by Trump supporters.

3/2/2021 7:10:00 PM

FBI Director Christopher Wray says the bureau considers the violent siege at the Capitol “domestic terrorism” and is deploying intensive resources in every field office to pursue perpetrators

Christopher Wray's public comments are his first since the Jan. 6. assault by Trump supporters.

Link CopiedFBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday that the Jan. 6 insurrection has been “an inspiration to a number of terrorist extremists” — foreign and domestic — and that the bureau is still eyeing whether any foreign actors might seek to infiltrate domestic groups to exploit vulnerabilities.

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Wray also said he considers the siege “domestic terrorism” and is deploying intensive resources in every field office to pursue perpetrators.“I was appalled, like you at the violence and destruction that we saw that day,” Wray said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “I was appalled that you, our country’s elected leaders, were victimized right here in these very halls.”

Wray's public comments are his first since the assault on the Capitol, and they come nearly two months after thousands of Donald Trump supporters stormed the building — and hundreds breached the interior — in an effort to stop lawmakers from certifying the results of the 2020 election. headtopics.com

Wray declined to disclose the cause of death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died following the insurrection, and he evaded saying whether a cause of death had been determined. Authorities have been pursuing a suspect seen in riot footage spraying officers, including Sicknick, with a chemical agent. Wray said the matter is still under investigation.

He also said there is “no evidence” that antifa played any role in the Jan. 6 events, despite Trump allies increasingly using that claim as a talking point.Wray has faced calls for weeks to address the attack, but he remained largely out of view while FBI investigators initiated a sweeping nationwide manhunt to track down and arrest the rioters. Of the more than 300 arrests, alleged offenses range from trespassing and obstructing Congress to conspiracy and assaulting police officers. At least five people, including Sicknick, died as a result of the insurrection.

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It was very difficult to watch the violence unfold. This just demonstrates why the definition of terrorism in Patriot act is flawed. He’s right on the basis of that definition, but this definition can’t differentiate terrorists from freedom fighters internationally. Which, of course, has always been the problem. MaxAbrahms ?

Ummm .. he also called 2 years of domestic violence ,.. terrorism also ... wheres the headline All Domestic Terrorists including BLM and Antifa !! Any action on the long standing actual insurrections in Portland & Seattle? All domestic terrorists = Trump supporters What about the perpetrators in Congress? Im sure they aren't too hard to find.

Wray's public comments are his first since the assault on the Capitol. He has faced calls for weeks to address the attack, but he remained largely out of view while FBI investigators initiated a nationwide manhunt to track down and arrest the rioters ...but Trump's getting away with it.... Never heard Wray say he was appalled by destructive ways of BLM and Antifa.He does a big disservice to our great Country.He’s just another opportunist who cares ZERO about USA.Our Country would be safer without Wray.USCongress TheJusticeDept

Jan 6 had many people in power help it happen but all secrets would be kept hidden 😉🤔 because some ppl in power, government and wealth get away with God Damm everything. It was indeed an act of domestic terrorism. All those involved should be charged as such. I have to say Mr Wray sounds useless at his job. Don't they have the best hackers, deep web monitors maybe they should hire some gamers 🤔😎, he has no answere on who,what, when. He should at least brought a binder with notes 📝he can refer to instead he is a*ssing it

Yea but is he going to do anything about their leader? They always say that. If they was BLM. EVERYONE WOULD BE APPREHENDED. the FBI only supports violent sieges abroad Wrays looking at repubs... Omg the first question asked about what happened on January 6th! Asked by a woman thank you