FBI’s Chris Wray accuses Capitol attackers of domestic terrorism By Reuters

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By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI Director Chris Wray on Tuesday accused Donald Trump supporters of carrying out a deadly January 6 attack on the US Capitol for domestic terrorism and vowed to hold them accountable. . “I was horrified that you, the elected leaders of our country, were victims right here in these very halls,” Wray testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “That siege was criminal behavior, pure and simple. It is behavior that we, the FBI, see as internal terrorism.” It was Wray’s first congressional testimony since the attack – a failed attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden‘s November election victory – was carried out by supporters of then-President Trump who, in a speech near the House Blanca, urged them to march to the Capitol in protest. The Justice Department has indicted more than 300 people on criminal charges ranging from conspiracy to attacking police to obstructing Congress. The riots caused five deaths. At least 18 people associated with the far-right Proud Boys have been charged and nine people with ties to the anti-government militia known as Oath Keepers face charges of conspiring in November to storm the Capitol to prevent Biden from becoming president. . Biden took office on January 20. The FBI has yet to arrest any suspects in the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, or for homemade bombs that were discovered outside the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic National Committees. The FBI obtained video showing a suspect spraying bears at police officers, including Sicknick, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation. The suspect has not yet been identified by name and it is not yet clear whether the bear spray contributed to Sicknick’s death. In a recently revealed search warrant, investigators say the rioters were carrying weapons inside the Capitol, including tire shackles, hammers, tasers, bear spray and, in at least one case, a pistol with an extended magazine. “Everyone involved must take responsibility for their actions that day, including our former president,” said the panel’s highest-ranking Republican, Charles Grassley. “Now, after January 6, we must seriously examine the threats of internal extremism.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin said the administration has not done enough to protect itself against threats from far-right extremists and white supremacists, and accused the Trump administration of downplaying those threats. He added that the Trump administration “never established a task force to combat the numerous incidents” of the far right, but instead focused on Black Lives Matter activists.

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