According to four current and former law enforcement professionals have revealed that the FBI has found little evidence to suggest the attack on the Capitol building on January 6 was the result of an organized effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Despite the federal government making 570 arrests of individuals they claim allegedly participated in this event, the FBI has stated that at this point, they think the violence that occurred was not centrally coordinated by radical right-wing groups or by prominent followers of former President Donald Trump, according to several sources, who have either been directly involved in or briefed on a regular basis on the investigation into the events that transpired that day.
“Ninety to ninety-five percent of these are one-off cases,” a former senior law enforcement official who possesses knowledge of the investigation recently stated. “Then you have five percent, maybe, of these militia groups that were more closely organized. But there was no grand scheme with Roger Stone and Alex Jones and all of these people to storm the Capitol and take hostages.”
Stone, a veteran Republican operative and self-described “dirty trickster,” and Jones, founder of a conspiracy-driven radio show and webcast, are both allies of Trump and had been involved in pro-Trump events in Washington on Jan. 5, the day before the attack.
FBI investigators did find that cells of protesters, including followers of the far-right Oath Keepers and Proud Boys groups, had aimed to break into the Capitol. But they found no evidence that the groups had serious plans about what to do if they made it inside, the sources said.
Prosecutors have filed conspiracy charges against 40 of those defendants, alleging that they engaged in some degree of planning before the attack.
They have gone on to allege that a leader of the Proud Boys group recruited members and then encouraged them to go out and stockpile various pieces of military-style equipment, such as bulletproof vests, during the weeks leading up to the protests that took place on Jan. 6, and then gave these members a mission and sent them out to divide into groups and make multiple entries to the Capitol building.
“But so far prosecutors have steered clear of more serious, politically-loaded charges that the sources said had been initially discussed by prosecutors, such as seditious conspiracy or racketeering,” the report said, adding, “The FBI’s assessment could prove relevant for a congressional investigation that also aims to determine how that day’s events were organized and by whom.”
A Democratic congressional source went on to say that senior lawmakers have all been briefed in detail concerning the results from the FBI investigation and they find them credible.