FBI director confirms Antifa ‘is a real thing’ under serious investigation for ‘violent extremism’

Former President Donald Trump repeatedly sounded the alarm last year regarding the perceived threat posed by violent leftists aligned with the Antifa movement.

Although many in the Democratic Party and mainstream media attempted to dismiss those warnings based in part on misconstrued interpretations of the conclusions reached by FBI Director Christopher Wray, the intelligence official recently hewed much closer to the views of his ex-boss.

“Individuals who self-identify with Antifa”

Wray appeared before the House Intelligence Committee for a hearing on Thursday during which he clarified that Antifa “is a real thing” and “not a fiction,” as has been implied by some in the media.

Although he noted that evidence shows “Antifa to be more of a movement” than a clearly organized entity, he said that there “are certainly local and regional nodes, individuals who self-identify with Antifa who commit violent attacks, citing that as their motivation.”

According to Wray, there have been “a number of predicated investigations into such individuals,” going on to describe the extremist movement as “a concern.”

For his part, U.S. Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) attempted to drill down on the level of organization between those “nodes” of the larger movement, prompting Wray to note that some such coordination likely takes place but indicated that most activities, particularly training, appears to be confined to a local or regional level.

“We have seen individual instances in small regional nodes of people coming together to train,” he acknowledged, stressing that “there’s not some big, national structure that is responsible for the violence — what we have seen is locally organized nodes.”

“We investigate very aggressively”

Pressed even further on the matter, Wray confirmed that “at the local level, in some cases the regional level, we have seen organized activity — people working together.”

That lack of national structure, however, is not preventing the FBI from investigating Antifa and claims of its inspiration of violence and destruction.

“So we take anarchist violent extremism, much of which associates with the Antifa movement, very seriously,” Wray said. “It is something that we investigate very aggressively, and in fact, the number of investigations in that space is something that’s dramatically increased on my watch over the last few years.”

After touting his record on the matter, Wray dismissed the “tendency on the part of people to want to view how structured and organized something is as a proxy for how seriously threatening it is or isn’t,” concluding that there is plenty of “very dangerous, serious activity out there that’s no organized.”

Aside from the general statements he provided lawmakers this week, Wray declined to provide any further details — particularly regarding the level of coordination and organization investigators have found in terms of funding the group, noting only that “the financing issue is something we continue to investigate.”

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      1. Brownshirts is right. They were nearly invented or spawned by Obama out of the failed “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” lie of all lies at that time. 1930’s Germany is an appropriate thing to study right now………it is just Communism/Fascism/Statism/Marxism however you want to label it. The Camel is freaking in the tent & he is big & stinks. Churchill had it right when he said the Marxists in Russia should have been strangled in their infancy as Nazis should have been as well. Look at all the close ties to people like Chavez the Dems(not what they are, I know) have had for years.

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  2. You have got to be kidding me! Wray said that ANTIFA WASN’T A PROBLEM! FOR OVER A YEAR NOW ANTIFA HAS BEEN A DOMESTIC TERRORISTS!
    Had Wray talked to TIM KAINE ABOUT HIS SON? HIS SON IS A MEMBER OF ANTIFA! TIM KAINE SAID HE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT ANTIFA WHEN HE WAS RUNNING FOR VICE PRESIDENT WITH HILLARY CLINTON!
    With all the RIOTS BURNING PEOPLE’S BUSINESS THE COST TO OUR COUNTRY AND NOW WRAY IS LOOKING INTO THEM WHY?

    1. His son was arrest over 4 yrs ago I think in Minneapolis and Tim Kaine defended what he did as no problem. He is like Waters and no problem. How many more Democrats in Congress do we have or even FBI that are hiding behind this. It is one thing their child part of it put why don’t they have them arrested and help get their lives straighten out before too late? Why do these parents defend wrong and allow them to go on? They become as guilty as their children.

  3. Antifa and blm are both domestic terror groups! They should be designated as such, but joebama won’t because Obama backs them, and joebama does and says what Obama tells him.

  4. Intelligence!? So many years and months and days. First they mess with Donald J. Trump. House Intelligence Commitee, money must be good. Antifa are “Storm troopers.” Ask sorro.
    Not every american are so smart, wrong again!!!
    What you goung to do? Have a nice day.

  5. Will the FBI also investigate George Soros? He funds them, as well as BLM; and 200 different groups in USA!!!!

  6. I wouldn’t believe anything the FBI says. THEY ARE AS CORRUPT AS THE DAY IS LONG. Wray just like Comey should be in jail and the FBI should be gutted and made to begin all over again with honest people. There is nothing worse than a dirty cop…yes that means you Wray.

  7. FBI is supposed to be on our side, The only side the leaders are on is their own political side and keep the money coming side. FBI COULD BE SO MUCH BETTER BUT PROBABLY NOT IN MY LIFETIME. UGH THEY ARE SO USELESS.

  8. Wray is a joke and needs to be fired. He did nothing to the lying crooked agents who tried to get President trump impeached. They did a lot of damage to the United States and ruin many lives. He needs to go before his agents do more damage to us and lives.

  9. While it’s taken the director how long now 5 years ago so that hes been in office to actually get his head on his shoulders and go after the real people who are trying to destroy our country. O sone giving new life to spiderman striking a deal to bring the falls he said on his lazy read and allowed Hillary Clinton to get by he allowed the FBI to get by I need about anybody and everybody who should be in prison right now just turned his head and absolutely nothing. Find to bring down t. Antifa And other groups Before They destroyour country

  10. BLM and antifa are both funded by the DNC, if you type in antifa.com in Google it will take you to the Whitehouse page with Biden and kamala Harris, she has also help funded blm on the MN freedom fund..a get out of jail free card for blm to riot and do violence is inserrection..

  11. DS communist democrats permit Antifa and BLM to riot and destroy America and keep stirring up trouble to keep the people from looking at the terrible job in Congress and China Joe failing performance.

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