FBI Director Wray Provides First Testimony Since Capitol Attack

March 2, 2021
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 24: FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifies during the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing titled “Threats to the Homeland,” in Dirksen Senate Office Building on Thursday, September 24, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Pool)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifies during the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing titled Threats to the Homeland, in Dirksen Senate Office Building... WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifies during the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing titled Threats to the Homeland, in Dirksen Senate Office Building on September 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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March 2, 2021

FBI Director Christopher Wray will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 1o a.m. ET Tuesday, the first testimony from Wray since the attack on Congress on Jan. 6.

The ongoing criminal investigation into the hundreds of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol building that day constitutes one of the largest investigations in FBI history.

Former President Donald Trump nominated Wray to lead the FBI in June 2017. Wray was confirmed by the Senate that August. FBI directors serve 10-year terms. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last month that President Joe Biden “intends to keep FBI Director Wray on in his role and he has confidence in the job he is doing.”

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What To Expect

  • Wray is the hearing's only witness.
  • According to the committee, he will be asked about the Jan. 6 insurrection, domestic terrorism and other threats.
  • Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-IL) and other Democrats wrote to Wray last week, seeking information about how the bureau is addressing the threat of violence from right-wing extremists.
  • Reports that the FBI diverting resources to investigate left-wing movements at the expense of addressing right-wing extremists "raise serious concerns about whether the FBI is allocating law enforcement and intelligence resources in a manner that reflects the scale of the threat posed by violent white supremacists, whom DHS has called ‘the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland,'" the Democrats wrote.
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FBI Director Christopher Wray will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee at 1o a.m. ET Tuesday, the first testimony from Wray since the attack on Congress on Jan. 6.

The ongoing criminal investigation into the hundreds of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol building that day constitutes one of the largest investigations in FBI history.

Former President Donald Trump nominated Wray to lead the FBI in June 2017. Wray was confirmed by the Senate that August. FBI directors serve 10-year terms. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last month that President Joe Biden “intends to keep FBI Director Wray on in his role and he has confidence in the job he is doing.”

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