Trump rages at his Federal Bureau of Investigation director over Russian Federation, antifa

FILE- Voters cast ballots in the Democratic primary in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

"These people are agents of the attorney general", Barr said. He repeated his claim that foreign actors will be able to interfere with mail ballots being sent to voters, something he has provided no evidence for and that experts say would be both highly unlikely and extremely hard to pull off. "I think Americans can and should have confidence in our election system and our democracy", he said".

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In Wolf's absence, Wray was left in the hot seat to face questions about everything from the assessment of the nation's election security to various threats from homegrown violent extremists.

Instead, Wray said, his fears have centered on the barrage of disinformation, from Russian Federation and others, targeting USA voters.

"The intelligence community's consensus is that Russian Federation continues to try to influence our elections, primarily through what we would call malign foreign influence", the FBI Director told members of the House Homeland Security Committee Thursday.

"We assess that the greatest threat to the homeland, to us here domestically, is not one organization, certainly not one ideology, but rather lone actors largely self-radicalized online who pursue soft targets using readily accessible weapons", Wray said.

Wray told the House of Representatives that Russian Federation is taking a "very active" role in the 2020 U.S. election, claiming Moscow "continues to try to influence our elections, primarily through what we call malign foreign influence" during a Thursday hearing on national security threats.

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Wray did not dispute in his testimony Thursday that antifa activists were a serious concern, saying that antifa was a "real thing" and that the FBI had undertaken "any number of properly predicated investigations into what we would describe as violent anarchist extremists, " including into individuals who identify with antifa.

Trump, whose campaign was accused by political opponents of having murky ties to Russian operatives offering assistance during the 2016 election, has repeatedly challenged intelligence officials' claims that Moscow still poses the chief danger. "We've certainly investigated voter fraud committed by mail, it's typically been at the local level".

By contrast, when asked whether he was aware of "any excessive violence" that could be attributed to Black Lives Matter, Wray said he could not think of a single example.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, the Russians' primary goal seems to be not only to "sow divisiveness and discord", but to trash Democratic nominee Joe Biden - along with "what the Russians see as a kind of anti-Russian establishment" - through social media, "use of proxies", state-run media, and "online journals".

He added that of the racially motivated attacks that the FBI has investigated and prosecuted, those expressing a white supremacist ideology are responsible for the majority of incidents.

The FBI had made almost 120 arrests for domestic terrorism this year, involving "everything from racially motivated violent extremists to violent anarchist extremists, militia types, sovereign citizens, you name it", Wray proclaimed.

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