FBI Director Chris Wray on Thursday prompt “critical fees” are nonetheless coming within the prison investigation of the lethal January 6 assault on the US Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
“It is a very ongoing investigation and there’s much more to return,” Wray mentioned throughout an oversight listening to held by the Home of Representatives Judiciary Committee. “I might count on to see extra fees — a few of them perhaps extra critical fees.”
Wray testified that the FBI thought of the assault an act of “home terrorism.” He mentioned he understands why Democratic lawmakers have known as the assault an “revolt,” however mentioned it will not be applicable for him to make use of that phrase due to the impact it may have on pending prison circumstances.
“In my function as FBI director, as a result of that’s a time period that has authorized that means, I actually must watch out about utilizing phrases like that,” Wray mentioned.
Democratic lawmakers repeatedly grilled Wray, appointed by Trump in 2017, over what they mentioned had been intelligence failures that left regulation enforcement ill-prepared for the lethal assault.
“The FBI’s inaction within the weeks main as much as January 6 is solely baffling,” Home Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler mentioned. “It’s exhausting to inform whether or not FBI headquarters merely missed the proof — which had been flagged by your area workplaces and was obtainable on-line for all of the world to see — or whether or not the Bureau noticed the intelligence, underestimated the risk, and easily didn’t act.”
Wray responded that on January 5 an FBI area workplace in Virginia issued an specific warning, despatched to U.S. Capitol Police, that extremists had been getting ready to journey to Washington to commit violence.
Wray added that “virtually none” of the five hundred folks charged to date with collaborating within the assault had been beneath FBI investigation beforehand, suggesting it will have been tough for the FBI to have monitored them upfront.
“You will be darn certain that we’re going to be trying exhausting at how we will do higher, how we will do extra, how we will do issues in another way when it comes to amassing and disseminating” intelligence, Wray mentioned.
Requested whether or not the FBI was investigating Trump or his affiliate Roger Stone, Wray mentioned he may neither affirm nor deny any FBI investigation.
“I’m speaking about Mr. Huge, Quantity One,” mentioned Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen, referring to Trump. “Have you ever gone after the individuals who incited the riot?”
Wray responded: “I don’t suppose it will be applicable for me to be discussing whether or not or not we’re or aren’t investigating particular people.”