In a turn of events that utterly upends one of the left’s primary political narratives of the past seven months, as Reuters reported on Friday, law enforcement officials have revealed that the FBI found virtually no evidence that the Jan. 6 unrest at the U.S. Capitol was the product of an organized plot to instigate an insurrection.
According to sources familiar with the findings, the FBI does not believe that the protests and ensuing violence was the result of central coordination by groups supportive of former President Donald Trump or any other entities aligned with the political right, Reuters added.
Specifically, one former senior law enforcement official close to ongoing investigations revealed, “Ninety to ninety-five percent of these are one-off cases. 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.”
Though the sources suggested that the FBI did determine that smaller contingents from groups such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers planned to breach the Capitol facility, but that there was no proof related to what they intended to do once inside.
It is worth noting that over 570 individuals alleged to have taken part in the demonstrations on Jan. 6 have been arrested to date, there has reportedly been little discussion at the Department of Justice about filing charges involving “seditious conspiracy” that would imply an attempt by defendants to actually effect an overthrow of the federal government.
As Steven Hayward of Power Line notes, these revelations fly in the face of the incendiary rhetoric employed by Democrats for months equating the unrest of Jan. 6 to an “insurrection” that supposedly represented the most significant threat to our system of government since the Civil War.
In addition, their relentless commitment to that characterization – that the FBI apparently now believes to be false – has been used as rationale for the Biden administration’s war on “domestic terrorism” as well as increased censorship that has deprived former President Donald Trump of the ability to communicate with millions via social media, Hayward adds.
According to The Hill, a Democrat congressional source told Reuters that top lawmakers have been apprised of the FBI’s take on the matter and have deemed the findings to be reliable, something which could have significant implications for the House select committee already seated to probe the events of Jan. 6 and which has been the subject of all sorts of theatrical posturing not just from the left, but also from anti-Trump Republicans such as Reps. Liz Cheney (WY) and Adam Kinzinger (IL).
While it would seem obvious to any fair-minded observer that the FBI’s findings should put to rest the hyperbolic claims of insurrection that have been used to justify everything from turning Washington, D.C. into something resembling an armed camp to trampling on the First Amendment rights of American citizens, doubts remain as to whether Democrats will easily abandon the slanderous narrative in which they have already invested so much.