Wray admits he wasn’t aware of the FBI’s report of a pre-planned attack on the Capitol
FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifying Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, said he did not know the FBI had credible threat reports of a pre-planned attack on the Jan. 6 attack.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein noted that as early as Dec. 29, the FBI warned of the potential for armed demonstrators to target legislatures. Feinstein continued, saying the former Chief of Capitol police as well as the House and Senate Sergeants of Arms testified that they did not see the FBI’s warning on the eve of Jan. 6 about potential violence in the Capitol.
“When did you first receive intelligence about the possibility of an attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6?” Feinstein asked Wray. “And what happened to the process that people weren’t seeing the warnings?”
Wray replied, saying he did not see the FBI’s Norfolk Office’s warning, called a situational information report, that had been sent Jan. 5 by the Norfolk-based officials.
According to a report by The Washington Post, the Norfolk, Va office warned others in the bureau of concerning online chatter threatening violence. The Post said the office issued an explicit warning that extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and “war,” which involved “dangerous plans.”
Wray testified that he wasn’t briefed on the report until much later, however, he said the document was passed within 40 minutes to the Capitol Police and other partners.
“I didn’t see that report, which was raw, unverified intelligence until some numbers of days after the 6th,” Wray said. “But again, that raw, unverified information was passed within, I think, 40 minutes to an hour to our partners, including the Capitol police, including Metro P.D., and not one, not two, but three different ways. One email, one verbal and one through the law enforcement portal. As to why the information didn’t flow to all the people within the various departments that they would prefer, I don’t have a good answer for that.”
The former Capitol Police chief testified that the report arrived via email after business hours the night before the riot, and he never saw it.
Wray, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, will remain as director as he serves what is supposed to be a 10-year term, the Biden administration announced last month.
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