Hard January 6 questions
Heavy questions on January 6 remain unanswered because they may disrupt the Democratic narrative. So let’s ask a few.
Like the members of labyrinth Commission before you, the people who claim the accepted narrative of January 6th is beyond reproach are the same ones blocking any investigation that might challenge it. Potential game changers are being washed away as conspiracy theories. That’s funny, considering so much Democratic thrashing is built around a conspiracy narrative — that Trump worked with a bunch of backwoods to overthrow the Constitution through an elaborate scheme. In a divided America, not answering important questions simply gives those questions more credibility to the side asking them. So why hire Seth Meyers to mock annoying ideas when they could be actually disposed of?
The Jan. 6 committee didn’t spend much time considering the possibility that Capitol rioters succumbed to groupthink, like fans crowding the field and tearing down the goalposts. The only real cause for the day’s events that the committee considered is Trump. The Committee does not have a “Subject B”.
So let’s propose a subject B: the FBI. It would require a simple series of questions from the committee: Mr. Attorney General, how many undercover people did you have on the scene on January 6th? How many of them traveled to DC with groups they had previously infiltrated elsewhere? What was their purpose on January 6th? What were their rules of conduct – in other words, what were they allowed to say or do? Could they yell, “Yes, let’s go!” and move people forward? Could they make statements to the media misrepresenting the goals and mood of the crowd without revealing their identities? Has one of the agents gone from being an afterthought to being a provocateur?
One might at least think that the question of the number of officers on site on January 6th would be easy to answer. But with MP Thomas Massie asked AG Merrick Garland, when any federal agents or activists entered the Capitol or incited others to riot, Garland refused to respond. Massie played a Video of a man on January 5 who said, “We need to go to the Capitol,” and asked Garland if that man was FBI. No comment, said Garland.
The man in the video is Arizona Oath Keepers President Ray Epps, who is also in the video to organize the first group to violation the Capitol. That’s just a minute after finding a pipe bomb, as if the act itself were a conspiracy. All of this even seems to have happened In front Trump ended his “incitement” speech. Epps refuses to answer journalists’ questions about whether or not he is a federal agent. And Epps is still a free man. Why?
After Garland’s non-response about undercover agents failed even the mushy mainstream media, the January 6 committee issued a Explanation claims they “spoke” to Epps, who the hell said he wasn’t a federal agent (there’s no evidence he was under oath; Epps was scheduled to speak to the committee again on Jan. 21, though no one knows when or if information will be released). Thing was dropped as clean as that “umbrella man” in the JFK assassination.
The Always Helpful New York Timessaid, “While it remains unclear why Mr. Epps encouraged people to go into the building, a person cannot be charged with sedition unless their statements present an imminent threat of unlawful activity.” Again, that’s funny, because one Week later is Oath Keeper Stewart Rhodes, who also did not enter the Capitol, was charged with “seditious conspiracy.” Without double standards, the January 6 prosecutors would have no standards at all.
The Epps case raises two key points. There was Eps to speak about the storming of the Capitol the night before the riot, this appears to be evidence that Trump’s speech had little to do with the Capitol riot – in other words, the plan would already have been underway. And of course, if Epps was in any way cooperating with law enforcement, that would suggest he played a role in getting the crowd to attack. It is not a “conspiracy theory” to simply ask why Epps was brought after some 737 cases against others involved in the Jan. 6 riots has not even accused. Or why the photo of Epps was included in the FBI Capitol Violence Most Wanted website at one point and then removed in July without explanation.
It’s that simple: Under oath and before the January 6 committee, someone should ask FBI Director Wray, Attorney General Garland, and Ray Epps to answer yes or no to this question: Did Ray Epps work for or with the federal government? Government? A yes or no answer advances the narrative and might even add to the committee’s credibility among skeptics. Why don’t they ask that question?
If Epps worked for the FBI on Jan. 6, we already know he wasn’t alone. A Proud Boy filmed by the FBI Write sms his handler from the mob. the New York Times also claims the FBI had a second informant in the crowd. The story was not played much in the corporate press because this informant was adamant that the attack on the Capitol was not planned in advance. Actually none of the 737 People so far charged with crimes related to January 6 have claimed the attack on the Capitol was pre-planned, Trump instigated them, or said anything to suggest their actions stemmed from something other than the events and Passions arose locally. But on the contrary; Several of the rioters have turned themselves in to court and authorized They felt betrayed by Trump and deceived by his efforts to portray the election as rigged.
Undercover officers can do that legally commit crimes, including perjury. The same goes for paid sources, whistleblowers and spies. This authorized crime practice is classified and its practitioners are unaccountable. It runs counter to democratic theories of policing. It is conducted independently of an undercover agent’s ability to be listed as an unindicted co-conspirator. That fact is relatively meaningless anyway, since the easiest thing for the FBI to do is simply not list the undercover agent on any indictment documents. Did that happen at Epps?
There are other simple questions whose answers could take the investigation into new and complex directions. While the Justice Department has called The Jan. 6 investigation is one of the largest in its history, which is why no information about the pipe has come to light bomber? Official Washington is one of the most heavily surveilled places in the world. Why hasn’t the Justice Department allowed more than a few minutes of the 14,000 hours of security camera footage to be released? Social media only shows the turmoil underway. The surveillance video would show what happened before.
Why did the report on the police officer who shot dead the unarmed protester Ashli babe and faced no charges, was not released, and why the cop never even became interviewed? Why and on whose orders did the Capitol Police just allow 300 people walk in the afternoon of January 6 without resistance into the building? And who was the man in the bike helmet video shows initiating the window smashing that ended in the shooting of Ashli Babbitt? Why was he welcomed behind police lines once things get out of control?
We wouldn’t need to ask all of these questions if the FBI and others didn’t have as much information story Infiltrate protests, provoke violence and create crime. The terrorism era was littered with schemes built around the FBI recruitment “Terrorists” who provided them with money and fake explosives, and then smash You.
A more recent example involved a conspiracy, falsely portrayed by the MSM as a precursor to January 6, to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. At least 12 confidential informants acting under the direction of the FBI played a far larger role role than just sniffing. They were involved in almost every aspect of the alleged conspiracy, starting with its creation. With no agents pulling the strings, it’s hard to say if there was even a conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer. With all the noise surrounding how far the Jan. 6 investigation might go, no one seems to be looking lower — at the people who worked among the protesters that day, just as they had done in Michigan.
That’s not to say Ray Epps is this year’s version of the grass hill, or that the FBI ordered a Mr. X-style operation to destroy Donald Trump. It means some simple questions need to be answered. Because if even one FBI agent was part of another conspiracy Creating conspiracy theorists or otherwise instigated, supported or promoted what happened on January 6th changes everything. If the Jan. 6 narrative changes, so does 2024. It’s really important that the investigation goes deeper, if only to rule out federal involvement.
Peter Van Burenis the author of We Mean Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, Hooper’s War: A Novel of World War II Japan, and Ghosts by Tom Joad: A History of the 99 Percent.