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WASHINGTON, DC- As far as “insurrections” go, the January 6 incident at the Capitol likely ranks as one of the most bogus ones in American history.
The FBI confirmed on Wednesday that no guns were recovered from any suspects arrested in connection with the Capitol siege. More on that in a bit.
Let us give you the definition of the word insurrection, from Merriam-Webster:
:an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government.
Ok, so by that definition, the attempt to breach the perimeter of the White House on May 28 should be classified as an insurrection. After all, so concerned was the Secret Service, that they had President Trump and the first family evacuate to the underground bunker.
As a result of the riot, more than 50 Secret Service officers were injured, with some suffering broken bones and other injuries. Insurrection? Yes.
What about the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, which was attacked for something on the order of 100 straight nights during the summer. Was that an instance or act of revolting against an established government? Clearly.
So, was the January 6 incident at our US Capitol an insurrection? Perhaps based on the most rudimentary definition of the word…maybe. However when compared to the incident at the White House on May 28, 2020 or at the Portland federal courthouse throughout last summer, the Capitol incident literally pales in comparison.
According to the Epoch Times, in a Senate hearing on Wednesday, Jill Sanborn, an FBI counterterrorism official was being questioned by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) about whether or not firearms were recovered during the Jan. 6 siege, or if any suspect had been charged with firearms offenses.
Her response? “To my knowledge, none.”
Someone might want to tell that to the Huffington Post. On February 2, in reporting on testimony from Democrat lawmakers, the subheading read:
“Democrats in Congress spoke passionately on the House floor, some in tears, about Jan. 6, the day of the armed insurrection [emphasis added] by pro-Trump rioters.”
The article went on, writing:
“Democratic lawmakers were moved to tears as they described an armed mob [emphasis added] descending on lawmakers as they were certifying U.S. election results.”
Drama queens? Clearly.
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Back to the hearing, Sanborn testified that before the Jan. 6 incident:
“We knew they would be armed, we had intelligence that they would be coming to DC, but we did not have intelligence that they would be breaching the Capitol.”
Johnson asked her how many shots were fired that day.
“I believe that the only shots that were fired were the ones that resulted in the death of the lady,” Sanborn testified.
The lady? She had a name…Ashli Babbitt.
Sen. Johnson had previously told news sources that the words “armed insurrection” used by some Democratic officials, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and mainstream news outlets was factually incorrect, noting that no guns had been recovered.
While no firearms were used or confiscated, videos posted online showed some violence between protesters and Capitol police officers, with one instance showing a man hitting an officer with an American flag.
Reports also indicated that a firearm had been confiscated from a van which also contained Molotov cocktails near the Capitol complex.
One Capitol police officer, Brian Sicknick died the day after the incident, however the FBI is refusing to release any information regarding his cause of death. Initial reports, proved to be false, reported that Sicknick was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher.
According to Sicknick’s mother, however she told the Daily Mail last week that she believes he had died of a stroke and denied his death was caused by being struck with a fire extinguisher.
Sicknick’s body was cremated shortly after he died, and authorities have not released the results of an autopsy.
In an interview with the New York Times last week, Johnson said:
“I would say, if it’s properly termed an ‘armed insurrection,’ it was a pretty ragtag one.”
“This didn’t seem like an armed insurrection to me. When you hear the word ‘armed,’ don’t you think of firearms? Here’s the questions I would have liked to ask: How many firearms were confiscated? How many shots were fired?” he also said. Johnson had the chance to ask those questions on Wednesday.
Johnson continued during the interview, saying:
“If that was a planned armed insurrection, you really have a bunch of idiots.”
Meanwhile, in an attempt to justify the continued presence of National Guard troops surrounding the US Capitol complex, US Capitol police on Wednesday said there was intelligence circulating that laid out a possible plot by a militia group to breach the building Thursday.
While the statement didn’t name the organization but called it “an identified militia group.”
On Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the agency was classifying the Jan. 6 as “domestic terrorism.” No such designation was given to either the White House siege in May, nor the summer-long siege at the Portland federal courthouse.
Thus far, law enforcement authorities have charged more than 300 people connected with the Capitol breach.
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