(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress Tuesday regarding the January 6 seige of the U.S. Capitol to deliver his findings, saying he was “appalled” by the violence.
In Wray’s opening statement, he said, “That siege was criminal behavior, plain and simple and his behavior that we, the FBI view as domestic terrorism. It’s got no place in our democracy and tolerating it would make a mockery of our nation’s rule of law.”
Wray went onto announce the agency arrested over 270 individuals who allegedly stormed the Capitol and more than 300 people face federal charges. Wray insisted more suspects are being identified by the day as the FBI has received more than 270,000 digital media tips.
Wray also dismissed Republican fringe claims that antifa was responsible for the violence and said the majority of those arrested could be categorized as militia extremists.
Said Wray, “A large and growing number of the people that we have arrested so far in the connection with the 6th are what we would call militia violent extremists … and some already who emerged that I would have been in the racially motivated extremist bucket.”
He added that the group responsible for the seige were “domestic terrorists” and not antifa.
Wray then sounded the alarm of the growing domestic terrorism threat in the nation, saying the threat level has been on the rise for “a number of years now.”