WASHINGTON (AP) – FBI Director Chris Rai will testify for the first time after the deadly riots on January 6 in the US Capitol, lawmakers are likely to pressure him on whether the bureau has adequately communicated with other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence that day.
Questions about the FBI’s preparations for the riot and its investigations are expected to dominate Vrey’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. In addition, he is likely to be pressured by how the FBI confronts the threat to national security posed by white nationalists. and domestic violent extremists and whether the bureau has sufficient resources to deal with the problem.
The violence in the Capitol has made it clear that a law enforcement agency that revolutionized after the September 1
Wray has held a particularly low profile since a riot of insurgents stormed the Capitol two months ago. Although he briefed lawmakers privately and shared information with local law enforcement hearings, Tuesday’s oversight hearing will mark Wray’s first public appearance before Congress before the November presidential election.
The FBI is questioning how it dealt with intelligence in the days before the uprising and whether warnings of potential violence reached the right officers.
Last week, for example, the acting Capitol police chief said an FBI report on Jan. 5 paved the way for police investigators and the department’s intelligence unit, but was never sent down the chain of command. The report warns of online publications heralding a “war” in Washington the next day. The FBI said the report, which it said was based on unconfirmed information, had been shared through its joint terrorist task force.
Wray may also face questions about the FBI’s investigation into the massive Russian hack of corporations and U.S. government agencies, which happened when elite hackers injected malicious code into a software update.
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