FBI Chief to Face Questions 03/02 06:23
FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the
deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on
whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law enforcement agencies
about the potential for violence that day.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first
time since the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to
press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law
enforcement agencies about the potential for violence that day.
Questions about the FBI's preparations for the riot, and investigations into
it, are expected to dominate Wray's appearance Tuesday before the Senate
Judiciary Committee. He's also likely to be pressed on how the FBI is
confronting the national security threat from white nationalists and domestic
violent extremists and whether the bureau has adequate resources to address the
The violence at the Capitol made clear that a law enforcement agency that
revolutionized itself after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to deal with
international terrorism is now scrambling to address homegrown violence from
white Americans. President Joe Biden's administration has tasked his national
intelligence director to work with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security
to assess the threat.
Wray has kept a notably low profile since a violent mob of insurrectionists
stormed the Capitol two months ago. Though he has briefed lawmakers privately
and shared information with local law enforcement hearings, Tuesday's oversight
hearing will mark Wray's first public appearance before Congress since before
November's presidential election.
The FBI is facing questions over how it handled intelligence in the days
ahead of the riot and whether warnings it had of potential violence reached the
Last week, for instance, the acting chief of the Capitol Police said a Jan.
5 report from the FBI made its way to investigators within the police force and
to the department's intelligence unit but was never sent up the chain of
command. The report warned about concerning online posts foreshadowing a "war"
in Washington the following day. The FBI has said the report, which it says was
based on uncorroborated information, was shared through its joint terrorism
Wray may also face questions about the FBI's investigation into the massive
Russian hack of corporations and U.S. government agencies, which happened when
elite hackers injected malicious code into a software update.
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