Representative Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene are demanding answers about the role of the Federal Bureau of Investigations informants that were at the January 6th Capitol Riots. Speculation has been made that FBI informants agitated the crowd and may have been involved more than initially suspected.
Just months after the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the January 6th Capitol Riots occurred. Given that roughly half of the people involved in the attempted kidnapping were FBI agents, there are enormous questions about the capabilities of the FBI and if the agents persuaded the group to attempt the kidnapping. Though the case hasn’t fully concluded, questions into the January 6th Capitol Riots are being asked for good reason. Suppose FBI agents had a direct role in escalating the crowd or planning the violent events that could be two for two in botched investigations. In that case, the federal government could have been responsible for damaging the federal government’s building. Not a good look at all.
Gaetz and Greene are demanding that the FBI release 14,000 hours of footage, given that they had assets in the crowd. After the FBI said that there was little evidence to suggest pre-planned intentions of assaulting the Capitol building and disrupting democracy, and seemed to be trying to downplay the event. Also, you haven’t heard much from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi since she formed the January 6th Commission to investigate the Capitol riot.
Gaetz asked a crucial question. “Did those assets animate or encourage violence?”
That’s a key question for the FBI to ask because if the agents did encourage violence, the FBI did have a crucial part in implementing the January 6th Capitol Riots. If they didn’t, then nothing would change. The fact that the question needs to be asked is insulting to the American people. The FBI should be the standard for law enforcement and implementation of constitutional rights and professional accountability. Still, the FBI has gone downhill very quickly since they’ve adopted the “social justice” standards that seem to continue to fail them. The FBI even raided Rudy Guiliani’s apartment to seize electronics but left a hard drive that contained Hunter Biden’s laptop contents.
The FBI had an informant that marched into the Capitol during the riots and, according to the New York Times, said that they had no plans in advance for what was going to happen. The informant was part of The Proud Boys. The informant said that The Proud Boys didn’t plan to use or incite violence on January 6th.
President Biden said that releasing footage of the January 6th Capitol Riot would release information about the interior of the Capitol and would pose a danger. Still, the Capitol was open to the public before the riot. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, watched as the Capitol was being invaded on YouTube live, Facebook Live, and many mainstream media outlets, so blocking the information would be useless because of what’s already been released. A federal judge ruled in favor of the footage’s release.
Subpoenas were issued for former President Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, Trump’s Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino, Trump’s advisor Steve Bannon, and former Department of Defense Official Kash Patel. All of which were close to Trump.