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.
“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.”
My friend @RepThomasMassie asked this question of the Attorney General in October – in a hearing in which I asked him about the FBI’s abuse of power against parents. The AG refused to answer. Why can’t they answer some 3 months later? https://t.co/7eY4F6EmAK
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) January 12, 2022
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.
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.”
You claim an anonymous staffer citing an unreleased interview says he isn’t, so case closed! But that wasn’t my question to Merrick Garland under oath. I asked how many Feds were in the crowd and whether they encouraged people to enter the Capitol. He refused to answer. https://t.co/lUCxGoaSqQ
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 12, 2022
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.”
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 11, 2022
During the hearing, conservative lawmakers also demanded that Olsen explain a memo Attorney General Merrick Garlant 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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Jan. 6 defense attorney makes bombshell claim, says federal “agent provocateurs involved in “entrapment” at Capitol siege”
December 7th, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC- We’ve reported several times on some of the odd events which took place relative to the January 6 US Capitol siege and how much of what occurred defies logic.
On Monday, things grew even more bizarre as an attorney representing several of the jailed January 6 protesters appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Joseph McBride was discussing video footage he had seen which showed the inside of the so-called “tunnel” inside the US Capitol shot on the afternoon of Jan. 6.
He said he was attempting to identify whom he believes to be federal operatives who were seen on video that day and who have been identified as being more than merely casual observers or participants, Gateway Pundit reports.
One man in particular was pointed out by McBride as being more than a casual observer and in fact was identified as taking an active role in passing out weapons and other instrumentalities to Trump supporters at the US Capitol, serving he said to entrap them in what would turn into claims of an insurrection.
Tucker Carlson & Attorney For Several 1/6 Defendants @McBrideLawNYC Discuss His Court Filing Claiming That There Were "Agent Provocateurs" At The U.S. Capitol On January 6th & The Unreleased Footage From That Day
Joseph: "The truth is going to come out, they cannot stop it." pic.twitter.com/9sXcoRKrKn
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) December 7, 2021
McBride identified that man, whom he told Carlson was tagged on the internet by so-called “Sedition Hunters” as “Red-Faced 45.”
This man, dressed in red from head-to-toe and with his face painted red sticks out like a sore thumb, more prominently than the man Carlson refers to as “Chewbacca guy,” Jacob Chansley.
“Red-Faced 45″ is wearing red gear, he has the signature red Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat on, however something struck McBride as being very odd.
Red-Faced 45 engages in continuous dialogue with uniformed personnel and other people whom McBride says are agents throughout the crowd. McBride believes this man is “clearly a law enforcement officer.”
“He passes out weapons, sledgehammers, poles, mace. Some of those things come in contact with some of the other protesters who have subsequently been charged with possessing dangerous weapons and are using dangerous weapons at the Capitol. That is clearly entrapment.
That is clearly the government creating conditions of dangerousness and entrapping members of the crowd to possess weapons and possibly use them for reasons that we cannot comprehend.”
McBride finds it strange that some of the “provocateurs” as he calls them have yet to be charged, despite their having a much more active role in the Capitol incident than some who were charged, including some individuals who never even made it to US Capitol property.
Carlson posed the question to McBride about why “in the age of facial recognition” that nobody has forced any type of answer, including Congressional Republicans.
“Who is this person, why hasn’t he been charged? That is a very simple ask. Why hasn’t it been delivered?
“That is a great question,” McBride replied.
“If you are a Republican congressman or a Democrat congressman or an independent congressperson listening tonight, I implore you, I encourage you to dig into this and to help us. Because our democracy and our way of life is at stake. It is on the chopping block right now. Unless you fulfill your oath to your constituents and to your country to step up and to do the right thing here, that our democracy will be lost. There is no doubt about it. You have to help us…”
McBride continued, noting that withholding information by the federal government is nothing new, and addressed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as being one such cover-up.
“They are being withheld from the public because, like the Kennedy assassination, the government does not want us to see the truth about what happened on January 6th,” McBride said.
He noted that he filed a motion this week seeking the unmasking of the video footage that has thus far been hidden from public view. In fact, he said the motion was actually enjoined by the New York Times as part of a 16-point press conglomerate.
“They signed on and you know it, we want to see the truth about what happened as well—the police brutality that took place inside of that tunnel is objectionable. There was one woman in particular who was wearing a red MAGA hat who was beaten within an inch of her life.
“Guess what? She lived and she is likely at some point going to tell the tale. Rosanne Boyland died at the foot of those steps. Ashli Babbitt was murdered on national TV and nobody has said anything,” McBride continued.
He noted that despite “the other side” referring to Babbitt as an insurrectionist, she was nothing of the kind.
“The truth is going to come out. They cannot stop it. That is why we are asking for the government and for the judge, quite frankly, to release these tapes and let the chips fall where they may.
“Let the public and let the media objectively look at the evidence here and make a decision about what really happened that day. The truth is on our side. We are not hiding anything,” McBride finished.
For more on the January 6 Capitol siege, we invite you to:
WASHINGTON, DC- Since January 6, Democrats and their state-run mainstream media bootlickers have tried to portray the January 6 US Capitol siege as an “insurrection,” as the “biggest threat to American democracy since the Civil War,” according to Joe Biden, other Democrats and their media collaborators.
That narrative was pushed by carefully released videos from the Department of Justice which only seemed to show violent confrontations between law enforcement and some protesters, and happily shared by the mainstream media.
Newly released videos totally debunk that narrative.
In fact, here’s a video showing the “violent insurrectionists” on their way to “storm” the Capitol:
With thousands of hours of video surveillance available, many questioned why the government wasn’t releasing all of the footage.
After all, didn’t the American people deserve to see how close we were to losing our country by a few thousand mostly senior citizens with American flags?
One would think that the government would be anxious to prove their case. So it was rather confusing why there seemed to be an attempt by the government to hide those videos. Now, we know why.
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) September 22, 2021
The Western Journal reported on Friday that one case involving one of the “violent insurrectionists” was particularly confusing to the presiding judge in the case, who ordered the release of a video showing him inside the Capitol.
The video showed what amounted to a field trip through the U.S. Capitol.
Definitely looks worse than 9/11 https://t.co/Rwqnz2joMD
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 23, 2021
U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell ordered the video’s release after a number of media organizations, including BuzzFeed asked for the video’s release which prosecutors used in order to determine the culpability of defendants, in this case a man named Eric Torrens.
On August 19, Torrens pled guilty to a single count of illegally parading, demonstrating or picketing inside the Capitol as part of a plea bargain. Wow, that sounds pretty insurrection-like.
“He admitted entering the building through a broken door and walking around. The government noted in court papers that Capitol surveillance cameras recorded his entry into the building as well as his movements inside,” Zoe Tillman of BuzzFeed reported earlier this week.
“Prosecutors cited four other videos they obtained related to Torrens, including one that showed him saying, ‘We goin’ in!”
Sounds pretty violent, right? Sure, there were some idiots in the crowd who engaged in violent behavior, including assaulting police officers which is unacceptable, and those people should be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
Tucker opening monologue on January 6 lies and Biden regime attempts to keep all the video secret. My explainer from May here: https://t.co/yMzq6b9BCO
— Julie Kelly 🇺🇸 (@julie_kelly2) September 24, 2021
For people such as Torrens however, their entry into the Capitol, although poorly thought out, certainly didn’t rise to the level of an “insurrection.”
It was the government’s case involving Torrens that led to Howell issuing the release of the videos showing him inside the Capitol. Put it this way, the video was a snoozer.
“Before Torrens’ plea hearing, Howell asked to see videos that the government relied on in describing Torrens’ conduct. She also asked the parties to weigh in on whether those videos should be released to the public,” according to BuzzFeed.
“At the plea hearing, Howell noted that there was a presumption in favor of access to judicial proceedings and that the public had an interest in materials that were submitted in court, that judges relied on in making decisions, and that shed light on how prosecutors exercised discretion in criminal cases.”
The prosecution (DOJ) attempted to claim that the videos showed information, such as “secret” entrances and exits to the Capitol that were unknown to the general public and their release would “compromise the security of the United States Capitol and those who work there.”
“This footage, when combined with other footage from nearby cameras, could be used to track individual rioters moving through the building thereby creating a visual pathway which other bad actors could use in planning their breach point and pathway for future attacks,” they argued.
Howell last week decided the government’s “argument” is as absurd as it sounds and ordered the release of the videos, noting that they didn’t show “sensitive” parts of the Capitol and would be easily seen by the public on a public tour.
“Hundreds of cases have arisen from the events of January 6, with new cases being brought and pending cases being resolved by plea agreement every week,” Howell wrote.
“The public has an interest in understanding the conduct underlying the charges in these cases, as well as the government’s prosecutorial decision-making both in bringing criminal charges and resolving these charges by entering into plea agreements with defendants,” she said.
While the selected previously released videos only showed the violent protesters who were involved in the Capitol siege, the videos released and obtained by outlets such as BuzzFeed showed people calmly walking around the Capitol, as if they were on a public tour of the building, hardly a “violent” uprising.
As of this writing, some 650 people have been charged for entering the Capitol on Jan. 6, yet as the newly released videos show, certainly not all of them and likely few of them were engaged in violence.
The fact that the government is kicking and screaming about releasing ALL of the videos of the incident is telling. As the videos in Torrens’ case show, there was a lot more to the incident than has been carefully scripted by Biden’s Justice Department and the mainstream media.
As The Western Journal notes, “the fact that government officials wanted these videos suppressed because they represented some kind of ‘security’ threat—when they clearly didn’t—indicates how desperate they are to curate the narrative that they were far more of the former when what we see instead is a lot of the latter.”
Writing in American Greatness last May, Julie Kelly cites an affidavit filed by Thomas DiBiase, general counsel of the Capitol Police Department which notes the building is monitored 24/7 by “an extensive system of cameras,” positioned both inside and outside the building.
She noted that the system captured over 14,000 hours of footage between noon and 8:00 p.m. on January 6, 2021. She noted the archive has been made available to two Democrat-controlled congressional committees, the FBI and the DC Metro Police Department.
The affidavit sought to suppress the public release of any footage, claiming the release could “provoke further violence.”
“The Department has significant concerns with the release of any of its footage do defendants in the Capitol attack cases unless there are safeguards in place to prevent its copying and dissemination,” DiBiase wrote on March 17.
“Our concern is that providing unfettered access to extremely sensitive information to defendants who already have shown a desire to interfere with the democratic process will…[be] passed on to those who might wish to attack the Capitol again.”
We challenge the government to release ALL of the video surveillance from January 6. Transparency, right?
Four our prior report on Pelosi’s sham “January 6” commission, we invite you to:
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jim Banks is not taking his removal from the January 6 select committee by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quietly, saying the rejection shows Democrats are conducting a “political witch hunt.”
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) July 22, 2021
Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday that he rejected two Republicans, Rep. Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), from serving on the committee because they were too partisan based on previous comments. In a statement, Pelosi said:
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee.
“The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”
Jordan, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Banks, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, have remained two of Trump’s top defenders in Congress.
🚨🚨 Dem Hypocrisy: Dem members of the Jan 6 committee voted to de-certify elections—2004 & 2016.
Pelosi blocking Jim Jordan & Jim Banks is really about her not wanting ALL the facts to come out.
It’s their classic playbook: Shut people down if you don’t like what they’ll say. pic.twitter.com/lyFPjP7jsS
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) July 23, 2021
The Speaker’s rejection of the two prominent Republicans from the committee set to investigate the events leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol has drawn criticism from conservatives, who claim the move shows Democrats have no interest in finding the truth.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who put the names forward, called Pelosi’s actions an “egregious abuse of power.”
McCarthy decided to pull all five Republicans from the panel, promising voters the Republicans would conduct their own investigation.
— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) July 21, 2021
In an interview with Breitbart News on Wednesday, Banks said Republicans would press on to find the “breakdown” that occurred within the Capitol Police leadership that allowed the insurrectionists to access and overwhelm the Capitol:
“Why was there a systemic breakdown of leadership at the highest levels of the Capitol Police?” Banks asked. “The more you go down that path and start asking those questions, and the higher you go on the food chain, the closer to Nancy Pelosi you get.”
In a statement released by Banks following his appointment to the committee, he said that he accepted the appointment to “force the Democrats and the media to answer questions so far ignored.”
He went on:
“If Democrats were serious about investigating political violence, this committee would be studying not only the January 6 riot at the Capitol but also the hundreds of violent political riots last summer when many more innocent Americans and law-enforcement officers were attacked.
And of course, the committee would not overlook the Good Friday murder of USCP Officer Billy Evans that was perpetrated by a far-left extremist.
“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda.
“Even then, I will do everything possible to give the American people the facts about the lead up to January 6, the riot that day, and the responses from Capitol leadership and the Biden administration. I will not allow this committee to be turned into a forum for condemning millions of Americans because of their political beliefs.”
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) July 19, 2021
Banks told Breitbart News that the select committee is nothing more than a “witch hunt” to go after Donald Trump:
“They were never interested in asking the questions that mattered about January 6. They wanted this to be a political witch hunt from the very beginning to go after Donald Trump, to go after Republicans in Congress, and to go after 75 million people who voted for Donald Trump.”
Banks called into question the motives behind Speaker Pelosi’s actions, saying that as Speaker of the House, she is responsible for security at the U.S. Capitol and ultimately the failure to prevent the attack. He said when he started asking those questions, she got scared:
“It’s obvious that the moment Jim Jordan and I and Kevin McCarthy started asking questions about that, that spooked Nancy Pelosi.”
Refusing to seat Rep Jim Jordan & Rep Jim Banks on the Select Committee to Investigate Jan 6th is intolerable.
House Freedom Caucus is calling on GOP leader to file and bring up a privileged motion to vacate the chair and end Speaker Pelosi’s authoritarian reign.
Full letter: pic.twitter.com/u2AsXN5nfg
— House Freedom Caucus (@freedomcaucus) July 23, 2021
Gus Papathanasiou, head of the Capitol Police union, met with Rep. Banks early Wednesday and the representative said the meeting revealed there were serious questions about training, equipment, and preparation:
“There are serious concerns that they raise about the lack of preparation, the lack of training, the lack of equipment, and the Democrats do not want the head of the Capitol Police union to testify on Tuesday.”
Nancy Pelosi, 81, says “I’m a street fighter”, claims she would’ve fought off Capitol rioters
April 16, 2021
The following article contains editorial content written by a current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today
WASHINGTON, DC – When doing an interview with USA Today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that if the Capitol rioters had encountered her personally on January 6th, those rioters would be in store for “a battle,” while referring to herself as a “street fighter”.
Pelosi says she would have put up a fight against Capitol mob: 'I'm a street fighter pic.twitter.com/LTTeER160p
— Tristan little (@Tristanlittle18) April 14, 2021
In an interview published by USA Today on April 13th, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speculated on what she would’ve done had she come face-to-face with the Capitol rioters on January 6th:
“Well, I’m pretty tough. I’m a street fighter…They would have had a battle on their hands.”
Pelosi jokingly went on from there, lifting up her foot to showcase her stiletto heels and proclaiming she could’ve used them for a weapon had things gone awry:
“I would have had these.”
For the record, Nancy Pelosi is 81-years-old.
To be clear, what happened on January 6th is not something to condone. Nor is it at all appropriate to wish harm to befall elected officials, even if an elected official passes or touts policies that someone doesn’t agree with.
With that being acknowledged, it is pretty funny that an 81-year-old woman casually flaunted the idea that she was going to square up and engage in fisticuffs with anybody.
While she was realistically cracking a joke, I don’t think anybody actually believes that Nancy Pelosi could get down and start boxing people.
Hell, it was a struggle for her to stand up after engaging in that performative kneeling back in June of 2020.
— Steve Cox (@RealSteveCox) April 14, 2021
Chances are the only fights Pelosi has ever been in, in recent years, are probably verbal arguments with store clerks for not carrying her preferred brand of vodka.
Let’s face it, Nancy Pelosi’s political career started at a time where VHS and Betamax were still competing as to which would be the then-preferred home entertainment format – her most intense brawls today consist of her deciding between Brach’s cinnamon candies and Werther’s hard candies.
For heaven’s sake, she probably has a Life Alert button somewhere on her person. Considering her age, there is a possibility that she has Buffalo Nickels in the cracks of her couch.
Pelosi is 81-years-old, she doesn’t need to be Speaker of the House – she needs to be somewhere in Florida at a retirement home watching daytime television game shows.
The area codes system used for telephone calls was implemented seven years after Pelosi was born.
Likely the only reason that more Republicans and Conservatives don’t dunk on Pelosi more often for her practically carbon-dated presence within the House is the fact that President Joe Biden is like an adult version of Ralph Wiggum from the Simpsons.
Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”. While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.
And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.
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