FBI director details ‘crazy’ rise in politically motivated violence in US

FBI Director Christopher Wray said the United States had seen a rapid increase in political violence and domestic extremism during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, adding that such events are now ” a phenomenon of almost 365 days” across the country.

Wray told lawmakers on Thursday that the office had opened a number of investigations related to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June, saying there had been a “general escalation of violence” from two sides of the issue after Politico released a draft notice. before judgment.

“I think it’s part of a larger phenomenon that we’re going through right now in this country,” Wray told Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). “I understand that passions run high, especially on an issue like abortion, but there are far too many people who seem to think that this justifies engaging in violence and destruction of property and threats of violence. .”

“I feel like every day I get information about someone throwing a Molotov cocktail at someone about some problem,” Wray continued. “It’s crazy.”

Axios notes that just hours after Wray’s testimony, the FBI on Thursday charged a man with arson for setting fire to a Planned Parenthood building in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Wray stressed that the agency would not limit enforcement to any side of the political spectrum on Thursday.

“From our point of view, I don’t care what side of the issue you’re on, I don’t care who you’re angry or what you’re angry about, abortion or anything else, you don’t understand using violence or threats of violence to act on it,” Wray said. “And we’re going to pursue that conduct aggressively. I’m very committed to that and have communicated that very strongly to all of our field offices and our staff.

Wray made similar comments last year, saying the number of FBI domestic terrorism cases had “exploded” in just over a year and a half. Much of this work was related to the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol.

The FBI director was also questioned on Thursday about the threat of attacks from abroad linked to the withdrawal of American troops from places like Afghanistan.

“We are,” Wray said. “Especially now that we’re out, I worry about the potential loss of sources and (intelligence) gathering there.”

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