FBI director to testify before senators on domestic extremists, attack on Capitol for first time

FBI Director Chris Wray is set to face public questions about the January 6 attack on the Capitol for the first time on Tuesday. Kris Van Cleave reports on what his testimony could look like and the latest details on those rioters.

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- This morning, a Senate Committee questions the FBI Director about domestic extremists and the assault on the Capitol. Senators are expected to ask Christopher Wray what he knew about the potential for violence on January 6th. More than 300 people have been charged in the riot and at least 280 arrested. Kris Van Cleave is on Capitol Hill at the site of this morning's hearing. Kris, good morning.

KRIS VAN CLEAVE: Good morning. This is where Director Wray will be facing public questions for the first time since the January 6th attack. Now, this hearing follows one last week where former Capitol officials testified, blaming intelligence failures for the lack of preparedness at the Capitol. Senators have been clear, they want to know more about the resources dedicated to combating domestic extremists and white supremacists.

Jeremy [INAUDIBLE] is among those recently charged with obstruction of justice and violent entry of the Capitol. He was seen wearing a gas mask in the building. Those arrested hail from at least 42 states. A new report from the George Washington University's project on extremism found those arrested ranged in age from 18 to 70.

Researchers identified 33 suspects with military backgrounds, including one current member of the National Guard and a member of the Army Reserve. 36% with military ties were also linked to extremist groups, including Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and the Three Percenters. Now this report calls for the federal government to conduct a review of its intelligence gathering, as well as look at how it distributes domestic terror alerts with an emphasis on improving that communication. And that is certainly something that FBI Director Wray is going to be asked about today. Gayle.

GAYLE KING: All right, Kris. Thank you very much.