Democrats and their media allies have repeatedly insisted that the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was a seditious act of insurrection organized and coordinated by former President Donald Trump and his allies with the goal of overthrowing the U.S. government, with Trump even being impeached but not convicted by Congress on such assertions.
However, a bombshell report reveals that the FBI has found “scant evidence” thus far in support of the notion that the riot was centrally coordinated or organized on a broad scale, particularly by Trump and his allies, the Washington Examiner reported.
Instead, aside from a few small groups of individuals that worked together to breach the Capitol building, the event overall was little more than a protest that spontaneously spiraled out of control and devolved into a riot.
Reuters reported exclusively that, according to four unnamed current and former law enforcement sources all said to be “directly involved in or briefed regularly on” the Capitol riot investigations, the incident wasn’t what has been otherwise alleged by outraged Democrats and pearl-clutching media pundits.
There was no broad plot or organized effort to overturn the 2020 election results or overthrow the government, nor was the eventual storming of the Capitol building by a relatively small portion of the massive crowd of protesters a coordinated move by Trump or his close allies.
At most, investigators have uncovered some measure of limited coordination and planning among small groups of like-minded individuals, such as the Proud Boys or Oathkeepers, to get past security lines and enter the Capitol building, but there were no clearly defined plans once they had gained access to the interior.
All of that aligns with what many Americans have concluded for themselves based on the hours of video footage and countless photographs that showed how the overwhelming majority of the massive crowd remained outside and of those who did gain entry, most did little more than wander around and take selfies while some caused damage or stole items from offices.
“Ninety to ninety-five percent of these are one-off cases,” one of the sources told Reuters. “Then you have five percent, maybe, of these militia groups that were more closely organized. But there was no grand scheme with [Trump allies] Roger Stone and Alex Jones and all of these people to storm the Capitol and take hostages.”
Serious felony charges
To be sure, there were some individuals that engaged in violence against police officers or committed some sort of felony for which they should be prosecuted and held accountable, but those individuals number in the dozens rather than hundreds or thousands, as one might believe based on the hyperbolic accounts of Democrats and media figures.
According to an early August Justice Department update on the status of the investigations, at least 570 individuals had been arrested for their involvement in the incident, with at least 175 of them being charged with “assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers or employees,” which includes 55 charged with using a “dangerous or deadly weapon” or causing injury to a police officer.
Of the total arrests, at least 240 have been charged with “corruptly obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding” — the certification of the election results — with roughly 40 of those being hit with some sort of related “conspiracy” charge involving obstructing the proceeding, law enforcement, or to cause harm to police.
The vast majority, more than 500, have been charged with simply entering or remaining in a restricted area, with about 60 of those being charged with bringing a weapon into a restricted area and another 65 or so being charged with destruction or theft of government property.