, according to Director Christopher Wray
, is still looking for hundreds of suspects in the Jan. 6 attack
on the United States Capitol
Wray made the remarks during testimony before the House Oversight Committee
, saying that the agency had already arrested nearly 500 people
in connection with the insurgency but that there were "hundreds of investigations that are still ongoing" beyond that figure.
Despite the fact that many of the charges were misdemeanors, Wray said the agency was focusing on a core group of people who came to the Capitol “with intent to commit very serious mayhem.”
The hearings were part of an ongoing investigation into how the attack was organized and to what extent federal agencies failed to adequately identify the threat. During Tuesday's session, lawmakers pressed Wray and other officials about the attack's origins, slamming what they called "deep warning signs everywhere."
At one point, committee chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) inquired about messages warning of the insurgency on the social media
network Parler, including one posted just days before that said: "Don't be surprised if we take the Capitol building."
“I'm not aware of Parler ever attempting to contact my office,” Wray said of the message, later clarifying that some Parler messages were routed to FBI field offices associated with domestic terrorism
“Our goal is to bat 1.000, and any attack, let alone one as horrific and spectacular as what happened on January 6
, is unacceptable,” Wray said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) said she was still considering forming a House select committee with subpoena power to investigate the attack.
According to The New York Times
, she stated on Tuesday, "We can't wait any longer."
Last month, Senate Republicans
blocked the formation of a bipartisan panel to investigate the insurgency, similar to the one that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
The FBI has continued to issue domestic extremism
warnings, saying that Americans who believe in QAnon conspiracy
theories may resort to violence in the coming months. The Associated Press
reported this week that a federal intelligence report cited growing concern among officials as QAnon's false tales about the return of President Donald Trump
and the imminent arrest of top Democrats
failed to convince them.
“[Followers] will likely begin to believe they can no longer ‘trust the plan’ referenced in QAnon posts and that they have an obligation to shift from serving as ‘digital soldiers’ to engaging in real-world violence,” the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security