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Wray admits he wasn’t aware of the FBI’s report of a pre-planned attack on the Capitol

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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.

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China

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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.

 

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