FBI ‘Can’t Disclose’ Brian Sicknick’s Cause of Death: Director Wray


Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was a hero. Nothing can change that.

However, nearly two months after his death following the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion, we don’t know what killed Sicknick — including whether or not he was murdered. And if FBI Director Christopher Wray knows, he’s not letting lawmakers in on it.

In testimony before the Senate on Tuesday, Wray refused to answer direct questions related to how Sicknick died, if a cause of death has been determined, or whether the FBI considered it homicide.

It was first reported, in the immediate aftermath of the violence, that Sicknick had been struck on the head with a fire extinguisher by rioters inside the Capitol, a wound that ostensibly led to his death a day later.

“He ended up with a clot on the brain,” his father, Charles Sicknick, told Reuters. “If they had operated on him, he would’ve become a vegetable.”


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However, as The New York Times reported on Friday, there were no signs of serious blunt force trauma that could have caused death, which led investigators to theorize he had a reaction to a chemical irritant — possibly bear spray being used by the rioters — and died from that.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Iowa GOP Sen. Charles Grassley began by asking Wray whether an exact cause of Sicknick’s death was known and whether there was a homicide investigation open.

Wray’s response was clearly carefully worded.

“There is an ongoing investigation into his death. I have to be careful at this stage, because it’s ongoing, not to get out in front of it, but I certainly understand and respect and appreciate the keen interest in what happened to him,” he said, according to a transcript.

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“After all, he was here protecting all of you. And as soon as our information that we can appropriately share, we want to be able to do that. But at the moment, the investigation is still ongoing.”

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