WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) — FBI Director Chris Wray advised Congress Thursday that Russia was making an attempt to affect the presidential election, each to “sow discord” in America and “to denigrate” Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
“We definitely have seen very lively, very lively efforts by the Russians to affect in 2020 via what I might name the extra overseas affect aspect of issues,” stated Wray.
Republicans famous that the intelligence neighborhood has additionally stated China and Iran are meddling to harm President Trump’s re-election bid.
Throughout Thursday’s listening to, members of Congress pressed Wray on threats to nationwide safety — together with questions on whether or not these aligned with the left or proper have been extra harmful.
“Q-Anon exercise has resulted within the arrest of individuals planning to hold out violent acts. How do you assess that group because it pertains to violent acts?” requested Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas).
“We view Q-Anon as basically much less of a company and extra of a type of advanced set of conspiracy theories,” Wray responded.
Lee targeted on Q-Anon whereas Republican Dan Crenshaw, additionally of Texas, needed to learn about Antifa.
“Director Wray, earlier you confirmed Antifa does certainly exist however you think about it extra of an ideology than a gaggle, appropriate?”
“Sure. An ideology, or possibly a motion,” responded Wray.
“That appears to me to be downplaying it,” Crenshaw responded.
Wray testified the FBI doesn’t examine ideology and wouldn’t decide whether or not left or right-leaning teams have been extra harmful.