FBI director warns of rise in domestic terrorism in congressional testimony

Christopher Wray testified that domestic terrorist threats have soared in the United States and made clear that violent extremists were behind Capitol Hill attack.
1:33 | 03/03/21

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region Nall medical center able to speak with investigators. The FBI director sounding the alarm about domestic terrorism in his first testimony since the capitol riot. Our congressional correspondent Rachel Scott has details. Good morning, Rachel. Reporter: George, good morning. FBI director Christopher WRAY says threats have been metastasizing. The number of open cases now roughly 2,000. That has doubled since when he first took office in 2017. Authorities are on high alert. Capitol police saying they are now stepping up security around the United States capitol after learning of concerning intelligence linked to a far right conspiracy theory that Donald Trump would assume the presidency tomorrow. That is not true and there are already threats to attack president Joe Biden's upcoming speech to congress playing out weeks after the capitol insurrection and Christopher WRAY paying it clear it was violent extremists behind the attack and no evidence that fake trump supporters plotted it. The first cabinet casualty of the Biden administration, his budget director nominee neera tanden withdraws from consideration. Reporter: Yeah, it was really clear that neera tanden was facing some deep trouble here with getting confirmed in the senate. You had lawmakers on both sides of the aisle raising concern with past controversial commences she made on social media. One democratic senator who just flat out refused to support her. The margin in the senate is too thin to lose any democratic support so the white house is looking for another role for tanden in the administration that does not require a senate confirmation, George. Rachel Scott, thanks very Michael.

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