Since the Capitol riot, many in the media and on the left have variously described the riot as a “insurrection” or “plot” stemming from Donald Trump.
Not so, according to these officials.
What the FBI did find was small cells or groups of protesters associated with groups like the Oath-Keepers and the Proud Boys, who had a loose plan to break into the Capitol, but no plan for what to do when and if they got inside.
Prosecutors have filed charges against nearly 600 people, but hardly any of them even belonged to any groups, let alone were involved in a plot.
One of the more serious allegations: one Proud Boy leader urged other members of the group to begin stockpiling military type equipment, including bullet-proof vests prior to Jan. 6. Once in Washington D.C., the plan was for members to split into groups and attempt to enter the Capitol from various entrances.
So far, there have not been any charges that appear to be politically motivated. As far as has been reported, no one has been charged with insurrection or sedition.
FBI: Jan. 6 Capitol Riots Not Coordinated, Trump Not Involved, Says Report
The latest FBI findings could prove to be problematic for a House committee charged with investigating the riot that took place on Jan. 6.
Late last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a House Select committee hearing on the events of Jan. 6. Minus the presence of Trump supporters Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN), the committee did hear from Capitol Hill police officers who were there that day.
What the committee heard was Capitol Hill Police officer Harry Dunn speculate that those who were at the Capitol that day had some sort of “marching orders.”
All of the officers who testified at the hearing wanted those on the committee to consider that Republicans may have encouraged the events of the day. Reuters reports that senior members of Congress have been briefed on the FBI report and find them to be credible.
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