FBI director debunks conspiracy theories about leftist rioters at Capitol attack
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FBI director debunks conspiracy theories about leftist rioters at Capitol attack

The director of the FFBI told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that there was no evidence that the January 6 Capitol riot was carried out by leftist extremists under the guise of right-wing extremists.

In his opening statement, director Christopher Wray told the committee that they have to date charged more than 300 persons involved in the siege of the US Capitol, based on more than 200,000 digital media tips received from the public. The crimes include conspiracy, assaulting police and obstructing Congress. This was Wray’s first testimony before Congress regarding the attack.

Judiciary Committee chair Senator Dick Durban (D-IL) asked Wray, “Do you have any evidence that the Capitol attack was organized by, quote, fake Trump protesters?” to which Wray answered, “We have not seen evidence of that at this stage, certainly.” He further confirmed that the FBI has seen no evidence that anarchists or persons affiliated with Antifa were involved in the Capitol attack in any way.

Wray said the FBI had linked many of those identified and charged with right-wing extremist groups, mentioning both the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers. He also said that a number of individuals were involved with white supremacy groups. He added that the FBI is viewing the actions of the rioters on January 6 as “domestic terrorism,” and vowed to hold them responsible.