Claim: Biden says Jan. 6 Capitol “rioters” murdered five cops. Fact check: Very false.


SUPERIOR, WI – Either by design or by chance, President Joe Biden falsely accused Jan. 6 rioters of killing five police officers during the melee at the U.S. Capitol.

In a speech ostensibly about infrastructure funding, he was even able to assume the protest inspired Putin to invade Ukraine and that the riot is the cause of division in the United States.

Biden was in Wisconsin for a post-State of the Union trip to plug his Better America agenda, which is the new version of the $1.8 trillion Build Back Better plan that he could not push through the Senate.

The remark came at the end of a speech that dealt heavily with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Biden said:

“Look, how would you feel if you saw crowds storm and break down the doors of the British Parliament and kill five cops, injure 145? Or the German Bundestag or the Italian Parliament?”

Biden could have been confused about his facts. The real facts are that U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, 42, suffered two strokes and died of natural causes the day after the riot and four others committed suicide within days or months of Jan. 6.

Biden spun the election protest as an anomalous event in an otherwise united country, saying:

“I think you’d wonder. Well, that’s what the rest of the world saw. It’s not who we are. And now, we’re proving under pressure, that we are not that country. We’re united. And folks, that’s how we were able to make sure we kept Europe united and the free world united.”

Speaking at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Biden asserted:

“Vladimir Putin was counting on being able to split up the United States.” 

Biden made the comments after using his State of the Union speech to praise Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion.

It wasn’t the first time, and it likely won’t be the last, that Biden and other top Democrats have pushed a narrative of death and destruction at the hands of thousands of rabid Trump followers.

In June 2021, Biden mischaracterized Sicknick’s death, contradicting the medical examiner’s report by claiming he was killed by “criminals” who stormed the U.S. Capitol to disrupt the electoral vote-counting process.

Claim: Biden says Jan. 6 Capitol "rioters" murdered five cops.  Fact check: Very false.
U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick.


In the days after Jan. 6, false reports about the cause of death were widely reported, with many news outlets saying he was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher, a claim that was later found to be untrue.

At the time of his statement to reporters, Biden was in Geneva for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Biden stated that it was “ridiculous” to compare the events of Jan. 6 to the opposition protests that Putin used to maintain his grip on power and jail political dissidents. He said:

“That’s a ridiculous comparison. It’s one thing for literally criminals to break through cordon, go into the Capitol, kill a police officer, and be held unaccountable than it is for people objecting and marching on the Capitol and saying, ‘You are not allowing me to speak freely. You are not allowing me to do A, B, C, or D.'”

Biden on Wednesday did not bring up the death of Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, who was shot and killed by Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd during the storming of the Capitol.

More than 500 pages of internal documents from DC Metropolitan Police concerning the fatal shooting reveal witness accounts stating she was not holding a weapon at the time of her death.

Family of Ashli Babbitt filing lawsuits relating to her death
Ashli Babbitt – YouTube screenshot (courtesy of WUSA9)

Judicial Watch obtained the documents through a May 2021 FOIA lawsuit. Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, announced:

“These previously secret records show there was no good reason to shoot and kill Ashli Babbitt. The Biden-Garland Justice Department and the Pelosi Congress have much to answer for the over the mishandling and cover-up of this scandalous killing of an American citizen by the U.S. Capitol Police.”

The documents from the DC Metropolitan Police department show that witnesses did not see Babbitt holding a weapon prior to her being shot.

Rep. Massie destroys FBI & DOJ about Jan. 6 ‘cover-up’, says they can both be dissolved by Congress

January 13, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On January 12th, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) took to Twitter and specifically stated that both the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) could be dissolved if they refuse to submit to congressional oversight and accountability.

He tweeted:

“DOJ & FBI are creations of Congress. Congress has the power to dissolve them. The idea that they can choose which information to give Congress is an illusion perpetrated by them.

AG Garland must answer my question: Did federal assets encourage protestors to enter the Capitol?”

Prior to that tweet, he wrote:

“Congress owns the video inside the Capitol on January 6th and Congress should release it when we get the majority back.

If the identities of some undercover Feds among the protestors are revealed, so be it. This is too important.”

On January 12th, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) also grilled a top FBI official about whether the bureau had undercover agents incite violence the Capitol on January 6, 2021, focusing on whether a man named Ray Epps was an FBI plant who encouraged others to storm the building.

Claim: Biden says Jan. 6 Capitol "rioters" murdered five cops.  Fact check: Very false.

During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Cruz said to Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch:

“A lot of Americans are concerned that the federal government deliberately encouraged illegal and violent conduct on Jan. 6.

My question to you and this is not an ordinary law enforcement question, this is a question of public accountability, did federal agents or those in service of federal agents actively encourage violent and criminal conduct on Jan 6.?”

To which Sanborn responded by saying she could not disclose “sources and methods.” Cruz pressed on:

“Ms. Sanborn, was Ray Epps a fed?”

Epps, a former Marine, has become the centerpiece of conspiracy theories that the feds provoked the mayhem and spurred the rioters to commit violence.

Cruz stated that Epps was captured on video the night of January 5, 2021 rousing people to “get into the Capitol.” Sanborn stated:

“Sir, I cannot answer that question.”

She added that she was “aware of the individual,” but didn’t have “specific background” on him.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) pressed the United States Assistant Attorney General, Matthew Olsen, whether he agreed with Vice President Kamala Harris that the January 6, 2021 events were comparable to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the terrorist strikes on the U.S. on September 11, 2001.

Olsen declined to endorse or reject the comparison but said January 6, 2021 “must have been horrific” for those who were working in the Capitol at the time. He added:

“Obviously, Jan. 6 was a singular event that is stretching the resources of our officer and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. I’m reluctant to compare it to any prior events in our history, but from my vantage point, it was unique and singular.”

Olsen responded in a similar way as Sanborn when questioned by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-ARK). Cotton asked about Epps and whether the DOJ and FBI had any officers in “plain clothes” at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Olsen responded by saying:

“I simply don’t have any information at all, Senator, about [Ray Epps].”

According to the National Review, the DOJ has created a new domestic terrorism unit to address what the executive branch has deemed an “elevated threat” to American democracy. Olsen said:

“The group of dedicated attorneys will focus on domestic terrorism threat, helping to ensure that these cases are handled properly and are effectively coordinated across the Department of Justice and across the country.”

During the hearing, conservative lawmakers also demanded that Olsen explain a memo Attorney General Merrick Garland wrote in 2021 directing the FBI to investigate parents for alleged threats against school-board members.

The letter, which Republicans have argued was designed to have a chilling effect on parents’ speech, was promoted by a letter from the National School Board Association which likened parents to terrorists.

The group later apologized for the wording of the letter, which many of their state chapters had not signed off on, though Garland has refused to rescind the memo.

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