FBI director to answer questions from senators regarding Capitol riot intelligence

FBI director to answer questions from senators regarding Capitol riot intelligence

FBI Director Christopher Wray will face questions Tuesday on whether his agency missed warning signs ahead of the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Wray will testify Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee in an FBI oversight hearing.

Tuesday’s hearing will be the second Senate hearing held as part of an investigation into the events of Jan. 6.

Last Tuesday, the former House and Senate Sergeants at Arms, the former head of the Capitol Police and the current acting chief for the D.C. Metro Police all testified before the Senate as to how the events of the day played out.

During that hearing, law enforcement leaders said they weren’t prepared for riots that day because they did not receive proper intelligence from investigative agencies, including the FBI.

At that hearing, former Capitol police chief Steven Sund said his force thought a Jan. 6 rally of Trump supporters would be a “mass demonstration event with some violence.” Instead, his force was caught off guard by a “military-grade assault on the Capitol.”

“These criminals were prepared for war,” Sund said.

Other leaders were critical of the methods by which the FBI shared information with their departments. Acting D.C. Metro Police Chief Robert Contee testified that while he did receive disturbing intelligence from the FBI ahead of Jan. 6, it arrived as an email at 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 — just hours before the riots began.

Contee said he thought the information he received warranted a phone call.

“I’m the chief of police. I promise you, my phone is on 24/7,” Contee said.

Wray’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday at the Capitol building.

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