I saw a report on Twitter this morning that caught my attention from Director Wray’s testimony before the Senate:
Wray testifies the FBI does not consider Antifa a domestic terrorist group
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) March 2, 2021
After what we all saw last year in Portland and around the country, that kind of statement from Wray seems ridiculous and I wanted to hear it.
While Wray did suggest that the FBI doesn’t view Antifa as a domestic terrorism group, that’s not all he said and the context is relevant:
Graham asks Wray if the FBI views the Proud Boys, Oath keepers and Antifa as domestic terrorism groups, and Wray gives the same answer for all of them. Which is that they don’t treat the groups themselves as domestic terrorists, however there are individuals in each group that they do treat as domestic terrorists.
Wray also made the point that there is no domestic terrorism list like the foreign terrorism list, which I think informs his answer on whether he would call a specific group domestic terrorists.
Look, I’m not defending Wray here. I just want you to have all of the context of his answer on this issue because I think it’s a little unfair to just state it as the tweeter did above without including the rest. Wray’s answer was the same for all of them, meaning that the focus of the FBI is on individuals rather than groups when it comes to domestic terrorism. Whether you agree or disagree with that is a different story, but at least now you understand his fuller answer.