Wray has kept a particularly low profile since a violent mob of insurgents stormed the Capitol two months ago. Although he briefed lawmakers privately and shared information With local law enforcement hearings, Tuesday’s surveillance hearing will mark Wray’s first public appearance before Congress since before the November presidential election.
The FBI is facing questions about how it handled intelligence in the days leading up to the riot and whether the warnings it had of potential violence reached the right officials.
Last week, for example, the acting head of the police of the Capitol said a Jan. 5 report from the FBI had been passed to investigators at the police the force and the intelligence unit of the department, but was never sent into the chain of command. The report warned of online publications announcing “war” in Washington the next day. The FBI said the report, which it said was based on unsubstantiated data information, was shared through its Joint Task Force on Terrorism.
Wray may also face questions about the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s massive hack into U.S. companies and government agencies, which occurred when elite hackers injected malicious code into an update. software update.
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