Falling back on there being an ongoing investigation, FBI Director Christopher Wray refused to confirm the cause of death of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who collapsed after responding to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol and died the next day.
Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Wray was asked by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, how Sicknick died and the bureau director said he was “not at a point” where he can disclose or confirm the cause of death.
“I certainly understand and respect and appreciate the keen interest in what happened to him — after all, he was here protecting all of you,” the director said. “And as soon as there is information that we can appropriately share, we want to be able to do that. But at the moment, the investigation is still ongoing.”
Grassley pressed to ask Wray if that meant they “have not determined” the officer’s cause of death.
“That means we can’t yet disclose a cause of death at this stage,” Wray said.
FBI’s Wray on the death of Officer Sicknick: “We’re not at a point where we could disclose or confirm the cause of death.” pic.twitter.com/MKCNonc8XS
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 2, 2021
After being further pushed on whether the bureau has determined the cause of death, Wary replied, “I didn’t say that. We’re not at a point where we can disclose or confirm the cause of death.”
In effect, the FBI apparently knows why Officer Sicknick died and is not sharing the information.
The media reported for days on end that the officer died after being bludgeoned by a fire extinguisher while fighting off Trump supporters, and while no authorities ever denied the claim, Sicknick’s family came forward to say it was untrue and that they believe he died from a stroke.
“He wasn’t hit on the head, no. We think he had a stroke, but we don’t know anything for sure. We’d love to know what happened,” said his mother, Gladys Sicknick.
Meanwhile, some are still pushing the claim that Sicknick was brutally murdered by Trump supporters, as seen here from Clint Watts, a national security contributor for NBC News and MSNBC.
A police officer was murdered by an insurrectionist mob, guarding their Capitol, protecting the Senate and Senator Cotton is asking about MS-13
— Clint Watts (@selectedwisdom) March 2, 2021
The bureau director was not as hesitant to deny Antifa involvement, despite that ongoing investigation — he did bluntly label the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as “domestic terrorism.”
“We have not to date seen any evidence of anarchist violent extremists or people subscribing to Antifa in connection with the 6th,” Wray said. “That doesn’t mean we’re not looking, and we’ll continue to look, but at the moment we have not seen that.”
Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who was forced to resign after the attack, told the Senate last week that intelligence he saw suggested Antifa would be among the protesters, along with members of Proud Boys and other extremist groups.
“The assessment indicated that members of the Proud Boys, white supremacist groups, Antifa, and other extremist groups were expected to participate in the Jan. 6th event and that they may be inclined to become violent,” he testified.
Interestingly, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., all but ran interference for the violent fascist group that claims to be anti-fascist.
“Let’s stop pretending that the threat of Antifa is equivalent to the white supremacist threat,” he proclaimed.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
On its face, this seems to make no sense. Maybe there is something else that explains it that we don’t know.
What about the name of the person who shot and killed the rioter? https://t.co/U2rLJScldi
— Sharyl Attkisson🕵️♂️ (@SharylAttkisson) March 2, 2021
wait what https://t.co/qrOt3BTzKG
— Emily Zanotti (@emzanotti) March 2, 2021
If the goal is to bat down conspiracy theories, this isn’t helping. https://t.co/sWPt9r8iEb
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) March 2, 2021
— AllPhillyAllTheTime (@CoachDaveHuf) March 2, 2021
. . . he said after talking for hours about ongoing criminal investigations, describing them in a presumptive manner.
— John Lund (@AttilaTheLund) March 2, 2021
If he died of a medical condition unrelated to the protests, it will never be released. Does not fit the narrative already written and played out.
— Keith May (@KeithAMay) March 2, 2021
Translation: ‘I’ve done everything I possibly could to pin the death of the officer on the people at the Capitol on January 6th, but I just haven’t found anything yet.’
— James McGuinness (@bonvivantnola) March 2, 2021
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