FBI Director Christopher A. Wray on Thursday stonewalled questions about whether the bureau was investigating former President Donald Trump, his aides or members of Congress for their role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“I’m not aware of any investigation that specifically goes to that, but we have hundreds and hundreds of investigations related to Jan. 6 involving lots and lots of different pieces of it and I want to be careful,” he said at first.
“Did the FBI simply miss the evidence or did it see the evidence and fail to piece it together,” Mr. Nadler asked.
A report from the FBI‘s Norfolk, Virginia, office conveyed threats made online against members of Congress the day before a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, but the bureau missed other warning signs. The FBI did not widely distribute the Norfolk report, the Democrats said, questioning its intelligence-sharing protocols.
Mr. Wray said the information gathered by the Norfolk office was raw and unverified information that had not been analyzed or corroborated.
“We tried to make sure that we got that information to the right people,” Mr. Wray said, adding that most of the arrested in the Capitol attack were not previously under investigation.
They said the raid was unnecessary because Mr. Giuliani was willing to cooperate with the probe and had offered to answer questions.
Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican and the committee‘s ranking member, described the raid as excessive.
“You kicked in his door instead,” Mr. Jordan said.
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