GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida is demanding answers from U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland following reports that the FBI had informants and other operatives at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, with at least one of them having gone inside the building itself, though hundreds of other people have been charged for that very crime with many still locked up.
“Following January 6th, were there people that you took off any of the Most Wanted lists that were federal assets or federal agents?” Gaetz wrote in a short letter to Garland, which was posted by Revolver News, the first outlet to report the presence of FBI operatives.
“If so, did any of the decisions to remove those people come as a consequence of cooperation between the federal government and the people that were animating the violence?” Gaetz continued.
“Eight other House Republicans affixed their name to the letter: Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Gosar and Andy Biggs of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Bill Posey and Greg Steube of Florida, and Bob Good of Virginia,” Revolver News noted further.
In June, Fox New host Tucker Carlson followed Revolver News’ lead, uncovering details that were contained in federal court papers that listed several “unindicted co-conspirators’ allegedly involved in the Capitol incident. “In the past, that term has been utilized by federal prosecutors to denote FBI informants and undercover agents who worked to foment and illicit illegal behavior from individuals who otherwise would not have committed any crime,” NewsTarget reported at the time, adding:
In the case of the Capitol assault, several hundred supporters of President Donald Trump were swept up in the moment and encouraged by those same operatives to “storm the Capitol” while lawmakers were meeting inside to certify the election theft on behalf of Joe Biden.
Trained observers who can spot instigators of unrest and riots spotted dozens of men who were ‘out of place’ at the Capitol that day; regimented, disciplined, ranks of men dressed in camouflage and sporting body armor and other protective equipment — just the kind of gear you wouldn’t see people wearing if they were just in D.C. to hear Trump’s speech that day.
What’s more, we also now know that the deep state FBI was spying on so-called “right-wing extremists” months before the Capitol incident.
“The FBI’s requests for access to masses of electronic communications harvested by the National Security Agency (NSA) is revealed in a newly declassified report from the United States’ secret surveillance court,” the Daily Mail reported, revealing that, naturally, the FBI didn’t act alone.
“It shows the FBI has continued to perform warrantless searches through the NSA’s most sensitive databases for routine criminal investigations, despite being told by a federal judge in 2018 and 2019 that such a use was an unconstitutional breach of privacy,” the outlet added.
I questioned Attorney General Garland about whether there were Federal Agents present on 1/6 and whether they agitated to go into the Capitol. Attorney General Garland refused to answer. pic.twitter.com/RHq3Yd2pbu
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) October 21, 2021
In that video clip featuring Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) grilling Attorney General Merrick Garland about the Jan. 6 riot, a ‘mystery man’ — Ray Epps — is later identified as someone who was instigating Trump supporters to riot and likely led the first assault against Capitol Police that kicked off the chain of events.
“The story of the mystery man, Ray Epps, featured in Rep. Massie’s video above is in fact far more shocking than even the good Congressman implies in the hearing,” Revolver News noted in a separate report.
“It’s a story so strange, and so scandalous at every turn, that it threatens to shatter the entire official narrative of the ‘Capitol Breach’ and expose yet another dimension of proactive federal involvement in the so-called ‘insurrection’ of January 6th,” the report noted further.
Here’s how the exchange went between Massie and Garland:
Rep. Massie: As far as we can determine, the individual who was saying he’ll probably go to jail, he’ll probably be arrested, but they need to go into the Capitol the next day, is then directing people into the Capitol the next day, is then the next day directing people to the Capitol. And as far as we can find. You said this is one of the most sweeping in history. Have you seen that video, or those frames from that video?
AG Garland: So as I said at the outset, one of the norms of the Justice Department is to not comment on pending investigations, and particularly not to comment on particular scenes or particular individuals.
Rep. Massie: I was hoping today to give you an opportunity to put to rest the concerns that people have that there were federal agents or assets of the federal government present on January 5 and January 6. Can you tell us, without talking about particular incidents or particular videos, how many agents or assets of the federal government were present on January 6, whether they agitated to go into the Capitol, and if any of them did?
AG Garland: So I’m not going to violate this norm of, uh, of, of, of, the rule of law. I’m not going to comment on an investigation that’s ongoing.
There is a good reason why Garland refused to answer Massie’s queries, according to Revolver: Epps was heavily involved in the first breach and led the first ‘breach team’ into the Capitol.
What’s more, Epps and his ‘breach team’ did all their dirty work with 10 minutes still remaining in President Trump’s National Mall speech, and with the vast majority of Trump supporters still 30 minutes away from the Capitol,” Revolver News reported.
“Revolver also determined…that the FBI stealthily removed Ray Epps from its Capitol Violence Most Wanted List on July 1, just one day after Revolver exposed the inexplicable and puzzlesome FBI protection of known Epps associate and Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes,” the site continued.
Our government is corrupt, through and through, period.
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