FBI Director Christopher Wray has said he is “not aware” of any investigation by former President Donald Trump into the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Responding to a question from Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, he said: “I don’t know of any investigations that go into that specifically, but we have hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of investigations related to January 6th.” Which includes many and many different pieces of it and I want to be careful.”
The representative read a series of statements made by Mr Trump before the attack, asking Mr Ray if he had been reviewed to determine whether the former president’s “words and actions” were accepted as a January 6 contribution. should be referred to the Department of Justice. Violence.
Mr Ray, who was appointed by Mr Trump in 2017, appeared at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday.
Asked whether Mr Trump or any of his aides were being investigated, the FBI director said he could neither confirm nor deny the FBI investigation.
“I’m talking about Mr. Big, number one,” Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen said, referring to Mr. Trump. He asked: “Have you gone after the rioters?”
Mr Ray replied: “I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to discuss whether we are investigating specific individuals.”
The FBI director confirmed to the committee that the agency was treating the January 6 attack as “an act of domestic terrorism” and suggested that more “serious” charges were yet to come.
Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler stressed the need for an investigation into the January 6 joint session of Congress and the events surrounding it.
Mr Ray also opposed a call to describe the riots as “rebellion”, saying it would not be appropriate for him to use that term as it could have implications for pending criminal cases.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Christopher Wray