FBI Director Wray Testifies Before Congress

Headline Roundup September 17th, 2020

On Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray told the House Homeland Security Committee that, among other things, Russia was interfering in the 2020 election to hurt Joe Biden and that Antifa was “a real thing.” On Russia, Wray said: “Russia continues to try to influence our elections...primarily to denigrate Vice President Biden and what the Russians see as an anti-Russia establishment.” On Antifa, Wray said: “Antifa is a real thing. It's not a group or an organization. It's a movement, or an ideology may be one way of thinking of it.”

Coverage in left-rated outlets focused primarily on Wray’s comments about Russia and framed them as contradicting President Donald Trump. Coverage in right-rated outlets focused primarily on Wray’s comments about Antifa and framed them as contradicting Democrat politicians.

FBI Director Wray Testifies Before Congress

From the Left

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday described “very active efforts” by Russia to interfere in the 2020 election, primarily by working to damage former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Wray said Russians have been using social media, as well as “proxies, state media, online journals" and other vehicles to hurt Biden and what it views as anti-Russian factions in U.S. politics.

Wray’s assessment affirms the findings of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which last month described Russia’s efforts to damage Biden and specifically identified...

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From the Center

FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers Thursday that racially motivated violent extremism cases account for the bulk of the bureau's work on domestic terrorist threats.

Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, Wray also said most of the racially motivated cases deal with white supremacists.

"Within the domestic terrorism bucket, the category as a whole, racially motivated violent extremism is, I think, the biggest bucket within that larger group. And within the racially motivated violent extremist bucket, people subscribing to some kind of white supremacist type ideology is certainly the...

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From the Right

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday that “Antifa is a real thing,” pushing back against Democrats who have questioned the threat of left-wing violence.

“Antifa is a real thing, it’s not a fiction. But it’s not an organization or a structure, we understand it to be more of a kind of a movement, or maybe you could call it an ideology,” Mr. Wray told Congress.

He said the FBI has opened a number of investigations into people who “self-identify as Antifa” this year.

And he said that while they don’t...

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