WASHINGTON – FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday repeatedly rejected allegations by Republican allies of former President Donald Trump and others that antifa activists were involved in the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill.
“We have not yet seen any evidence of violent extremists anarchists or of people subscribing to the antifa in relation to the 6th,” Wray said in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on intelligence and law enforcement breaches leading up to the riot. it doesn’t mean that we aren’t looking, and we’ll keep watching, but as of yet, we haven’t seen this.
Wray explained that those who participated in the Capitol violation belonged to two main groups of violent extremists – those associated with militias, such as Oath Keepers, and those who advocate white supremacy.
Wray’s comments came after Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee’s senior Republican, spent much of his opening remarks not on the right-wing extremists who attacked the Capitol in January, but on the left-wing extremists, such as the anti-fascist or “antifa” movement. Grassley spoke of how far-left protesters vandalized a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon this summer and the state Democratic Party headquarters during President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“We need to look at the issue of domestic terrorism broadly, very broadly, to include all forms of political extremism, domestic terrorism wherever they are on the political spectrum,” Grassley said. “No serious surveillance activity and no other political decision can be made without doing both.
Trump and many of his allies have repeatedly claimed that antifa activists were responsible for the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill. In a hearing last week, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Read an article that mistakenly attributed the violence on Capitol Hill to the antifa, “bogus Trump protesters” and “provocateurs.” A recent University of Suffolk / USA Today poll found that 58% of Republicans believe the Capitol Riot was “primarily an anti-faa-inspired attack that involved only a few Trump supporters.”
Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in his opening statement that violence across the political spectrum, including vandalism at the Portland Federal Courthouse, “should be pursued to the fullest extent. of the law. “
“But this does not amount to a violent attempt to overturn the election results, nor to mass shootings targeting minority communities,” he said. “This false equivalence is an insult to the brave police officers who were injured or lost their lives on January 6, as well as dozens of others who were murdered in white supremacist attacks.