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16 Jun, 7 tweets, 2 min read
Director Christopher Wray testified before the House Oversight and Reform Committee yesterday at a hearing about the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. You can read his statement for the record at go.usa.gov/x6nGm.
Wray: On January 6, our country witnessed an angry mob attack the U.S. Capitol in a failed attempt to interfere with our democratic process. ... Such acts of domestic terrorism are an affront to the rule of law and have no place in our democracy.
Wray: The #FBI’s agents, analysts, and professionals, alongside our partners, have been working around the clock to track down those who participated in the attack to hold them accountable. We've already made close to 500 arrests—with more sure to come.
Wray: Unfortunately, January 6 wasn’t an isolated event. Domestic terrorism has been and continues to be a top concern for the FBI—so much so that over the past three years, we doubled our domestic terrorism investigations and arrests.
Wray: Thankfully, the FBI is far from alone in this fight. Earlier today, Attorney General Garland announced the first-ever national strategy for countering domestic terrorism. @TheJusticeDept
Wray: The strategy calls for a sweeping response to the pervasive domestic terrorism problem—one that demands attention from all of us.
Wray: It also serves as a commitment from the U.S. government to work with our ... partners to share domestic terrorism-related information, prevent domestic terrorism recruitment and mobilization to violence, and disrupt terrorist activity.

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