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Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story failed to state that there was no evidence to support Tucker Carlson’s claims and that they were pure speculation.
There is no evidence that federal agents helped plan or participated in the attack on the U.S. Capitol, or that the “unindicted coconspirators” described in charges were undercover operatives.
In fact, according to a court ruling and legal experts, government agents and informants cannot be considered co-conspirators. In the Capitol riot cases, FBI informants were not described as unindicted co-conspirators but rather, as “acting in an undercover capacity,” according to a New York Times article. According to an April 2020 report from the Congressional Research Service, “there is no conspiracy when one of the two parties only feigns agreement, as in the case of an undercover officer or informant.”
The FBI declined to comment on the matter to USA Today and The New York Times, and The Justice Department did not respond to NewsGuard’s request for comment.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson made some serious accusations about the FBI this week.
During an explosive segment Tuesday night on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” he accused FBI operatives of “taking part” in organizing the Jan. 6 mayhem at the U.S. Capitol.
Below is a transcript of Carlson’s remarks, via Grabien:
Law enforcement officers participated in the riot. Sometimes in violent ways. We know that because without fail, they’ve thrown the book and most people were present and in the capitol on January 6. Many of them are still in solitary confinement tonight.
But strangely, some of the key people participating on January 6th have not been charged. Look at the documents, the government calls those people unindicted coconspirators. What does that mean? It means that potentially with every single case there were FBI officers on January 6th.
For example, one of those unindicted coconspirators is someone that a document as “Person to go.” According to those documents, they stayed in the same hotel room as an insurrectionist, someone who alleged to be part of the group the oath keepers. They stormed the barricades alongside Thomas Caldwell.
The government’s indictments further indicate — by the way, a 65-year-old man is a dangerous insurrectionist, was led to believe there would be a “quick reaction.”
Also participating on January 6th. That quick reaction would be led by someone called “Person 3” who had a hotel room and an accomplice with them. But wait, here’s the interesting thing. Person 2 and person 3 were organizers of the riot. The government knows who they are, but they have not charged them. Why is that? You know why. They were all certainly working for the FBI.
So FBI operatives were organizing the attack on the capital. On January 6th. According to documents. And those two are not alone. In all, they said they were upwards of 20 unindicted coconspirators all playing roles in the conspiracy who have not been charged for virtually the exact same activities. And in some cases, much, much more severe activity as those named alongside them in the indictment.
So it turns out that this white supremacist insurrection was again, by the government’s own admission in these documents, organized at least in part by government agents.
Are you shocked?
We are shocked, we shouldn’t be shocked. Because in March, the FBI director admitted that the bureau was infiltrating as many groups that oppose the regime as they possibly can.
There must be moments where you think, if we would have known, if we could have infiltrated this group or found out what they were doing — you have those moments.
Any time there is an attack, especially when that’s this horrific that strikes right at the heart of our system of government, right at the time of transfer of power is being discussed, you can be darn to it and that we are focused very, very hard on how to get better service, better analysis comes as we can make sure that something like happened on generally six never happens again.
Wait a second.
There is a huge difference between using an informant and paying people to help organize a violent action, — that is a line and the FBI has crossed pits not the first time they cross that line in Michigan. Remember that plot to kidnap governor Gretchen Whitmer? We heard a lot about that. And she’s able to cover some of her incompetence by putting the fact that she’s now a victim.
A whole team of insurrectionists was going to drive a van up to her vacation house and throw her in the back and drive away peered the mastermind of this plot according to the FBI is a man called Adam Fox.
Who is Adam fox? He turned out to be a homeless guy was living in the basement of a vacuum repair shop. Quite a gorilla. The whole story was a farce and it was insulting once you got to the details. Which outlets like the AP didn’t bother with. But I read the governments charging documents carefully, and you showed, you will see it gets even more ridiculous. It turns out that one of the five people in the plan, Gretchen Whitmer’s kidnap plan, was an FBI agent.
Another was an FBI informant.
They admitted in these documents that the undercover agent was “Usually present it down like in in the groups meeting.”
Using simple math, nearly half of the gang of kidnappers were working for the FBI. Remember the guy who suggested using a bomb to blow up a bridge as part of that plot?
That got a lot of coverage. That guy was an undercover FBI agent. Oh, okay. So if you are wondering why they are always comparing January 6th to 9/11, there is your answer. They are using the same tactics. And a lot of us missed this the first time around. And you are due an apology.
We didn’t see the obvious. If you empower the government to violate civil liberties in pursuit of a foreign terror organization, it’s just a matter of time before ambitious politicians use those same mechanisms to suppress political dissent. And that is what we are seeing now. We should’ve seen it earlier. They analyzed and freed terror prosecution from 2001-2013. He found that at least 50 defendants were on trial because of behavior that the FBI not only encouraged, but enabled.
FBI agents were essentially the plotters in these crimes. They made the crimes.