Democrats AND Republicans dug into FBI Director Wray in a House Judiciary Committee hearing…
He was hammered about Domestic Terror ….
The hearing made clear that Democrats and Republicans could hardly be further apart on what the FBI should and shouldn’t be doing. But on this much, they seemed to agree: The nation’s premier federal law enforcement institution had significant problems that needed to be addressed.
For his part, Wray sought to highlight how the bureau seeks to root out violence — no matter what motivates it — and is careful not to tread on Americans’ First Amendment rights.
In his opening statement, the FBI director highlighted the “extremist violence” of Jan. 6 in which more than 100 officers were injured in just a few hours and said that law enforcement had made more than 500 arrests….
Nadler and other Democrats pressed Wray on the intelligence the bureau had gathered in advance of Jan. 6 and the actions it took that day as rioters stormed the Capitol. Nadler noted that a report from the bureau’s Norfolk field office from the day before seemed to predict what was going to happen, and it was forwarded to the field office in Washington. He questioned why — in the days after the riot — the head of that office insisted the bureau had no intelligence that anything would happen beyond activity protected by the First Amendment.