FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress on Thursday that the Capitol riot of Jan. 6 cannot be compared to “the horror” of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which killed nearly 3,000 people, despite such comparisons being deployed by some.
Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, brought up the topic as Wray testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, telling the FBI chief, “You’ve compared ransomware to 9/11. Ransomware is awful, and it’s a problem. 9/11 was awful. But the insurrection on our Capitol, unlike anything known since the Civil War, is also awful. Where would you compare the insurrection, and would you admit that it was an insurrection on our Capitol, with the assault on our country on January 11th?”
Wray acknowledged the violence at the Capitol in January was wrong and was being prosecuted, but he flatly rejected any comparison to 9/11.
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