WARNING: This hearing includes footage of violence.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said that he was “appalled” by the “violence and destruction” that took place at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, calling it an example of “domestic terrorism.” He defended his agency’s response to the riot that killed five people, saying they had combed through more than 270,000 digital media tips and arrested some 300 individuals for their involvement in the siege.
“The problem of domestic terrorism has been metastasizing across the country for a long time now, and it’s not going away anytime soon,” Wray said. He added that the FBI will focus on any “agitators or extremists who plan or commit violence,” but does not center its investigations around ideology. He also brought up the threats posed to law enforcement during events such as the Jan. 6 attack, as well as a recent incident when two FBI agents were killed while serving a search warrant in Florida.
Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 2 about the FBI’s oversight of the Jan. 6 attack.
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