FBI Director Christopher Wray said Tuesday that the bureau has no evidence that far-left violent extremists were involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“We have not to date seen any evidence of anarchist violent extremists or people subscribed to antifa in connection with the sixth,” Wray told lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, using a term to refer to the left-wing anti-fascism movement.
“That doesn’t mean we’re not looking, and we’ll continue to look, but at the moment we have not seen that.”
The idea that “antifa,” an umbrella term for far-left leaning groups, was responsible for the Jan. 6 Capitol breach has been floated repeatedly by former President Trump’s allies.
Hours after the mob was cleared from the Capitol, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) claimed from the floor of the House that some members of the mob that breached the Capitol on Wednesday were members of antifa “masquerading as Trump supporters.”
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) released a statement during Trump’s impeachment trial that said when Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) “finally reached the president on January 6 and asked him to publicly and forcefully call off the riot, the president initially repeated the falsehood that it was antifa that had breached the Capitol.”