For far too long, our federal government has failed to address the growing terrorist menace in our own backyard. — Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
For far too long, our federal government has failed to address the growing terrorist menace in our own backyard. — Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee
The F.B.I. director calls the riot ‘domestic terrorism’ and defends the bureau’s handling of threats.

The F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, told senators on Tuesday that he was “appalled” by the siege of the U.S. Capitol and warned that domestic terrorism is “metastasizing across the country,” while insisting that the bureau issued repeated warnings about the threat in the months before the riot.

Mr. Wray’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was his first appearance before Congress since the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, when a mob of Trump supporters protesting the election results stormed the building, resulting in five deaths and scores of injuries to police officers.

“That attack, that siege, was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it was behavior that we, the F.B.I., view as domestic terrorism,” Mr. Wray said. “It’s got no place in our democracy.”

Mr. Wray said the riot was not an isolated event and that the problem of domestic terrorism had grown dramatically in recent years. He disclosed that the number of domestic terrorism investigations at the F.B.I. had doubled to 2,000 since he became its director in 2017. He emphasized that the potential for racially or ethnically motivated violence remained the greatest threat among potential domestic terrorists.

In his opening statement, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Democratic chairman of the committee, said the riot demonstrated that “for far too long, our federal government has failed to address the growing terrorist menace in our own backyard.”

He accused the Trump administration of playing down the threat from white supremacists while stoking a narrative that left-wing anarchists were the greater danger to the country.

Listing a litany of mass shootings, Mr. Durbin added: “Let’s stop pretending that the threat of Antifa is equal to the white supremacist threat.”


Mr. Wray repeatedly said in response to questions from Democratic senators that people associated with the antifascist movement known as Antifa were not involved in storming the Capitol and that rioters were genuinely Trump supporters, not posing falsely as them.
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