According to an ex-official, the FBI had so many plants that were sprinkled throughout the crowd on Jan. 6 at the Capitol that they lost count of them and had to perform an audit to assess how many there really were.
A former assistant director of the bureau told lawmakers that the FBI shockingly could not account for how many “Confidential Human Sources” were present that day until they later dug into it for a tally of paid informants, according to Miranda Devine at the New York Post.
Many believe that a man named Ray Epps was one of them. He was charged this week with disorderly or disruptive conduct in connection with the January 6 riots. That’s basically a slap on the wrist and to many, it looks simply like an overture to give him cover.
Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson has long accused Epps of being a paid plant in the crowd that day who incited unrest, calling him a “federal agent who helped stage-manage the insurrection.” The former Marine has claimed previously in his lawsuit against Fox News that he expected to be charged over the attack.
Defiant journo drops damning new Ray Epps footage night before Epps is slapped with ‘joke’ of a charge https://t.co/rC71zahyAQ via @BIZPACReview
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) September 19, 2023
EXCLUIVE: Never before released J6 video captures Ray Epps (and others) amidst the violent conflict at the police line on the West Plaza
This is near the Media Tower, apparently before Epps helped push the large metal sign into this police line pic.twitter.com/NoMFKNv58F
— Stephen Horn (@stephenehorn) September 19, 2023
Now it appears that there were a whole bunch of informants placed in the crowd that day by federal agencies but no one will say exactly how many.
“At least one informant was communicating with his FBI handler as he entered the Capitol, according to Steven D’Antuono, formerly in charge of the bureau’s Washington field office,” the Post reported.
“D’Antuono has testified behind closed doors to the House Judiciary Committee that his office was aware before the riot that some of their informants would attend a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally thrown by former President Donald Trump but he only learned after the fact that informants run by other field offices also were present, along with others who had participated of their own accord,” the media outlet noted.
According to D’Antuono, in order to get a feel for exactly how many FBI informants were spying on protesters that day, the Washington field office had to ask FBI headquarters “to do a poll or put out something to people saying w[ere] any CHSs involved.”
“We started getting responses back” from FBI headquarters, D’Antuono stated referring to the identification of which field offices had planted confidential informants in the crowd that day.
They “lost count” simply means they aint sayin’
— Shane Voirin (@VoirinShane) September 19, 2023
One of the paid informants was allegedly from the Kansas City field office. That person was ostensibly strategically positioned as the crowd surged inside the building. He was reportedly in communication with his FBI handler, “while they were in the crowd, I think, saying that they were going in,” according to D’Antuono.
“They were trying to stop some of the action happening and they left or whatnot,” he added.
When the ex-official was asked exactly how many paid informants the audit assessed were present that day, he would only say “a handful.”
The Department of Justice Office of Inspector General contends that the FBI spends on average $42 million per year in payments to its Confidential Human Sources.
I want to say that this is unbelievable, but unfortunately I can believe it.
— Andrew (@bitter_clinger_) September 20, 2023
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray Tuesday, describing D’Antuono’s testimony as “extremely concerning.”
He noted in his letter that “the FBI cannot adequately track the activities and operations of its informants, and that it lost control of its CHSs present at the Capitol on January 6.”
“These revelations reinforce existing concerns, identified by Special Counsel [John] Durham, about the FBI’s use of, and payment to, CHSs who have fabricated evidence and misrepresented information,” Jordan asserted.
“The Justice Department Inspector General also identified critical problems in the FBI’s CHS program,” he continued, “including the FBI’s failure to fully vet CHSs and the FBI’s willingness to ignore red flags that would call into question an informant’s reliability.”
The FBI and our government in general is an embarrassing mess. They know it. They don’t care. Why should they. They are not held accountable.
— CFK (@Camalama800) September 20, 2023
The chairman went on to ask Wray to provide a “substantive briefing” on how the FBI specifically used paid informants on Jan. 6. He also wanted to know “any specific guidelines or admonishments that were provided to FBI CHSs prior to deploying.”
Wray has now been asked to cough up all debriefing documents received from informants present at the protest on Jan. 6.
“Jordan also wants source reporting documentation relating to former British spy Christopher Steele, who was responsible for a now-notorious ‘dossier of false allegations about the Trump-Russia hoax,’” the New York Post added.
The number of paid informants in the crowd that day has long been suspect.
Defense attorneys who represented the five “Proud Boys” recently charged that the FBI had as many as eight informants spying on the organization. They also contend that at least one was among them at the Capitol that day.
AND IN THE CAN’T MAKE IT UP CATEGORY
This individual was with the Proud Boys on Jan 6.
Recall at least 15 FBI informants were in the Proud Boys before and on Jan 6. pic.twitter.com/sP8MFusy2b
— Julie Kelly (@julie_kelly2) September 19, 2023
“Former Capitol Hill Police Chief Steven Sund has said that, in addition to the paid informants, the FBI had at least 18 undercover agents in the crowd plus an estimated 20 from the Department of Homeland Security,” the New York Post concluded.
Losing count of paid informants on Jan. 6 has outraged Americans even more over the weaponization of the federal government and specifically the FBI:
Impeach Chris Wray
— Vince Langman (@LangmanVince) September 19, 2023
Paid informants, paid instigators and agitators.
— The ULTRA Craftsman ☢️ (@LeatherJoseph) September 19, 2023
Paid informants? We’re bringing back the days of NKVD and Stazi
— Yevgeniy Khmelev (@ykhmelev) September 19, 2023
This is gonna turn out to be a lot like the Gretchen Whitmore case. When there were more FBI informants and agents planning to kidnap the governor than there were actual citizens that wanted to commit the crime. The FBI needs to be completely destroyed and revamped into something…
— Rob Mahoney (@Rob_Og_Mahoney) September 19, 2023
We deserve to know exactly how many were at that rally
— Lann Qwanta (@LannQwanta762) September 20, 2023
Every single one of the January 6 political prisoners need to be released immediately. And those DOJ plants, the lawyers and judges need to be thrown in prison. We are not a serious country anymore this was a setup from the start. Defund the DOJ, abolish the FBI and gut the DHS!
— Vote to Vacate (@jas_bav) September 19, 2023
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