FBI Director Wray Testifies About Capitol Breach

Headline Roundup March 2nd, 2021

FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, and discussed several matters including the breach of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6. Wray said the bureau is considering the event an act of domestic terrorism, and described his opinion that the potential for extremism is growing as people form "their own sort of customized belief systems." It was Wray's first Congressional testimony since the breach; the Justice Department has since charged more than 300 people with crimes including obstructing Congress, conspiracy and assaulting police.

Wray's testimony was covered more prominently by left- and center-rated outlets. Some reports from left-rated sources focused on how Wray cast doubt on the notion that Antifa was involved with the breach. Coverage was less prominent from right-rated sources; some highlighted Republican senators who expressed concern during the hearing about the FBI using GPS to track suspects.

FBI Director Wray Testifies About Capitol Breach

From the Center
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During congressional testimony on Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray defended the agency's actions leading up to the Capitol siege and said it sees the riot as an act of domestic terrorism.

Wray is among several current and former law enforcement officials who testified or are slated to testify before Congress about the siege and how to prevent such an event from happening again.

Here are the biggest takeaways from Wray's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee:

The FBI alerted law enforcement partners about the threat of violence before the siege
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From the Right
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Senators Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah) on Tuesday pressed FBI Director Christopher Wray on the procedures federal law enforcement officials have used to track down those who participated in the January 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol.

“I’m anxious to see those who committed unlawful, violent acts on January 6 brought to justice,” Lee said during a Senate Judiciary Hearing on Tuesday. “I also believe that … with this circumstance, like every other circumstance, we have to make sure that the civil liberties of the American...

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From the Left
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FBI Director Chris Wray told lawmakers Tuesday that the FBI has not seen any evidence indicating that the rioters who took part in the January 6 US Capitol attack were "fake Trump protesters," knocking down a baseless claim that has been pushed by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in recent weeks as he has sought to downplay the violence committed by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

Testifying publicly for the first time since pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol nearly two months ago, Wray was pressed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman...

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