The Journal Gazette
Thursday, January 07, 2021 12:55 pm

Verbatim: FBI Director Chris Wray Statement on Wednesday's violence at the U.S. Capitol

The following was released on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021:

FBI Director Wray Statement:

"The violence and destruction of property at the U.S. Capitol building yesterday showed a blatant and appalling disregard for our institutions of government and the orderly administration of the democratic process. As we’ve said consistently, we do not tolerate violent agitators and extremists who use the guise of First Amendment-protected activity to incite violence and wreak havoc. Such behavior betrays the values of our democracy. Make no mistake: With our partners, we will hold accountable those who participated in yesterday’s siege of the Capitol.

Let me assure the American people the FBI has deployed our full investigative resources and is working closely with our federal, state, and local partners to aggressively pursue those involved in criminal activity during the events of January 6. Our agents and analysts have been hard at work through the night gathering evidence, sharing intelligence, and working with federal prosecutors to bring charges. Members of the public can help by providing tips, information, and videos of illegal activity at the following link -- FBI Seeking Information Related to Violent Activity at the U.S Capitol Building. We are determined to find those responsible and ensure justice is served."

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