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Live Updates: FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies in Senate on Capitol Riot, domestic terrorism

March 2, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 07: Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the bureau's FY 2020 budget in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill May 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. Members of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittee questioned Wray about the FBI's independence and impartiality in its investigation into foreign influence in the 2016 election and elections going forward. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray on the security failures surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Follow here for the latest.

FBI Director Christopher Wray pushed back on claims that his agency has not been tackling domestic terrorism, saying in his opening statement today that the FBI has been "sounding the alarm" for a "number of years now. "

I've been sounding the alarm about domestic terrorism since I think just about my first month on the job when I first started appearing up on the hill and I've spoken about it, and in maybe a dozen different congressional hearings, so whenever we've had the chance we've tried to emphasize this is a top concern and remains so for the FBI," Wray said.

FBI Director Christopher Wray opened his testimony on Capitol Hill today by stating that the bureau views the attack on Jan. 6 as "domestic terrorism. "

FBI Director Christoper Wray's team of federal investigators is currently chasing thousands of leads in twin efforts to prosecute people involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol and to try to prevent feared follow-up attacks in Washington and around the country.

Law enforcement officials have indicated to CNN that authorities missed key signs ahead of the siege, which left five dead and the Capitol ransacked, and the FBI's preparations leading up to the day of the attack on the Capitol have come under scrutiny.

"I have not spoken within him about specifically FBI Director Wray in recent days," Psaki said, "but I'll circle back if there's more to convey. "

Psaki followed up on Jan. 21, tweeting: "I caused an unintentional ripple yesterday so wanted to state very clearly President Biden intends to keep FBI Director Wray on in his role and he has confidence in the job he is doing. "

The Democrat slammed FBI director Christopher Wray for his agency's response to White supremacy and possible threats.

The hearing will also be Wray's first public appearance since the White House announced in January that he will not be replaced as FBI director after serving in the same role under former President Trump.

Today's Senate hearing with FBI Director Christopher Wray follows another round of hearings that took place on Capitol Hill last week with former and current law enforcement officials about the security failures surrounding Jan. 6.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, Chair of the Judiciary Committee, spoke to reporters yesterday ahead of FBI Director Christopher Wray testifying this morning, saying “there are many questions” for the director, particularly as “the head of the FBI has not appeared before the committee for an oversight hearing since July of 2019. ”

FBI director Christopher Wray is expected to be grilled today in the Senate on the Capitol riot, and possible follow-up attacks.

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