There has been a question hanging out there concerning the Capitol riot now for some time.
Just exactly how many FBI/other federal agents/confidential informants were there and embedded with the crowd on Jan. 6 during the riot?
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and others have tried to get to the bottom of that question. Cruz questioned Jill Sanborn, executive assistant director of the FBI’s National Security Branch when she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, but she wouldn’t give him a straight answer.
“How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of January 6th?” Cruz asked. Sanborn said that she couldn’t go into “sources and methods.” Cruz continued asking if any FBI agents or confidential informants participated, to which Sanborn said, “I can’t answer that.” He then asked if any of them committed crimes of violence or incited crimes? Again, she refused to answer.
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Then Cruz went all-in, asking, “Who is Ray Epps?” Ray Epps is a man who has been speculated on a lot because he was very active, encouraging people to go into the Capitol, yet doesn’t appear to have been pursued by the FBI when the FBI seems to be pursuing people who so much as breathed near the Capitol that day.
Sanborn’s response? “I’m aware of the individual.” But she doesn’t disabuse anyone of the belief that he could be FBI-connected; indeed, her failure to fully respond, got even more tongues talking.
“Ms. Sanborn, was Ray Epps a fed,” Cruz asked.
“I cannot answer that,” Sanborn responded.
We brought you more on Ray Epps and what Rep. Adam Kinzinger (RINO-IL) said about him.
Now there’s an interesting court filing from defense attorney David Fischer in one of the Jan. 6 cases, which the folks at The Epoch Times found. Fischer claims in a footnote that “[a]t least 20 FBI and ATF assets were embedded around the Capitol on J6,” according to the filing. Where did that come from? The footnote said that they “combed through a mountain of discovery” that included FBI 302 reports (interviews). The footnote also notes that the Oath Keepers were being monitored and recorded “prior to J6.”
Now, “assets” is a bit of an amorphous term, and we would note this is filed by the defense, but it quickly went viral on Twitter because assets would include agents and/or informants, and “embedded” would indicate embedded with the crowd. It’s not clear specifically what the basis is for the assertion, and Fischer has not yet clarified the footnote. But it certainly adds more fuel to the question of whether any federal agents or informants were there.