Washington, D.C. (Washington Insider Magazine) –FBI Director, Christopher Wray, said on Tuesday that there have been 500 people arrested in the January 6 insurrection.
The FBI are still looking into hundreds of suspects as part of the investigation. Wray made these statements “during testimony before the House Oversight Committee.”
Some of these charges are concerning misdemeanors; however, Wray claimed that there were a ”core group of people who journeyed to the Capitol with intent to commit very serious mayhem.”
The hearings are still working on understanding exactly how the attack had been organized and to “what extent federal agencies failed to adequately identify the threat.” During the meeting on Tuesday, lawmakers asked Wray and other FBI officials present about the creation of the riot. Hindsight tells us that there were “deep warning signs everywhere.”
Committee chair, Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), questioned the FBI about “messages warning of the insurrection” which appeared in social media posts on and before January 6. One of the posts even said, “Don’t be surprised if we take the Capitol building.”
Wray answered, “Our goal is to bat 1,000, and any time there’s an attack, much less an attack as horrific and spectacular as what happened on January 6, we consider that to be unacceptable.”
House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) suggested that the House has been considering a creation of “a House select committee with subpoena power to investigate the attack.”
It was just last month that Sente Republicans “blocked the creation of a bipartisan panel” which would have been designed after a panel that looked into the September 11 attack. Such a panel could be created for the January 6 riot.
There is still concern about QAnon. The Associated Press reported this week “that a federal intelligence report cited growing concern among officials as QAnon’s false tales about the return of former President Donald Trump and the imminent arrest of top Democrats failed to come true.”