FBI says rioters weren't fake Trump protesters


FBI Director Chris Wray says the Jan. 6 siege on the Capitol was not organized by people posing as Trump supporters. (March 2)

Video Transcript

SEN. DICK DURBIN: I'd like to ask you, Director Wray, do you agree that the Capitol attack involved white supremacists and other violent extremists?

CHRIS WRAY: Certainly, the Capitol attack involved violent extremists. As I said, we the FBI consider this a form of domestic terrorism. It included a variety of backgrounds. Certainly, there were quite a number, we're seeing quite a number as we're building out the cases on the individuals we've arrested for the violence, quite a number who what we would call sort of militia violent extremists.

SEN. DICK DURBIN: Do you have any evidence that the Capitol attack was organized by, quote, "fake Trump protesters?"

CHRIS WRAY: We have not seen evidence of that at this stage, certainly.

SEN. DICK DURBIN: Thank you.

CHRIS WRAY: We don't tend to think, we at the FBI don't tend to think of violent extremism in terms of right, left. That's not a spectrum that we look at. What I would say is that it is clear, as I think I said to Chairman Durbin, that a large and growing number of the people that we have arrested so far in connection with the sixth are what we would call militia violent extremism, militia violent extremists. And then there have been some already that have emerged who I would have put in the racially motivated violent extremist bucket.

SEN. PATRICK LEAHY: You did not see Antifa or left-wing groups playing a significant role in the January 6 insurrection.

CHRIS WRAY: Certainly, while we're equal opportunity and looking for violent extremism of any ideology, we have not to date seen any evidence of anarchist violent extremists or people subscribing to Antifa in connection with the 6th. That doesn't mean we're not looking, and we'll continue to look. But at the moment, we have not seen that.


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