FBI Director Chris Wray found himself confronted with uncomfortable questions about the bureau’s role in the January 6 protests while testifying before Congress on Tuesday.
In a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee, Wray was grilled by Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) about the FBI’s operational role in the January 6 protests that Democrats have been calling an “insurrection.”
“Did the FBI have confidential human sources on January 6, 2021?” Higgins asked Wray.
Wray dodged the question, feigning righteous indignation.
“As I’m sure you can appreciate, I have to be very careful about what I can say…about when we do or do not, where we have and have not used confidential human sources,” Wray began.
“But the suggestion that the FBI’s confidential human sources or FBI employees in someway instigated or orchestrated Jan 6th, that’s categorically false.”
Rep. Higgins: “Did the FBI have confidential human sources on J6?”— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 15, 2022
Wray: “The suggestion that the FBI’s confidential human sources or FBI employees in someway instigated or orchestrated Jan 6th, that’s categorically false.”
Higgins: “It should be a no!”
“Did you have confidential human sources dressed as Trump supporters inside the Capitol on January 6 prior to the doors being opened?”
Wray again tried to pivot: “Again, I have to be very careful –“
Higgins immediately called out Wray’s refusal to directly answer his question.
“It should be a no!” he snapped. “Can you not tell the American people ‘no, we did not have confidential human sources dressed as Trump supporters positioned inside the Capitol on January 6’?”
Wray pushed back again, telling Higgins not to “read anything into” his “decision” not to share information about confidential sources.
This isn’t the first time Biden administration officials refused to answer whether the FBI had agents embedded among Trump supporters on Jan. 6.
In January, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was similarly stonewalled after asking Jill Sanborn, the Executive Assistant Director of the FBI’s National Security Branch, about the FBI’s use of confidential human sources on Jan. 6 and a cutout asset known as Ray Epps.
“Was Ray Epps a fed?” Cruz asked Sanborn, who repeatedly responded, “I cannot answer that question.”
Last October, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) confronted Attorney General Merrick Garland about the FBI’s role on January 6, but received similar non-answers.
“Were any of those people who broke glass and did damage to those doors working for the FBI or other federal law enforcement entities?” he asked.
Garland replied: “This is an ongoing criminal investigation and I am not at liberty to discuss.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert confronted Attorney General Merrick Garland over whether FBI personnel participated in the January 6 Capitol protest:— National File (@NationalFile) October 21, 2021
“I, uh, this is an ongoing criminal investigation and I am not at liberty to discuss” pic.twitter.com/TnqAx9ndHP
As Infowars has reported, the FBI did in fact have “confidential human sources” embedded among Trump supporters at the Capitol on January 6.
One of the most well-known was Ray Epps, an FBI asset who was caught on video on January 5 and 6 repeatedly calling for demonstrators to storm the Capitol and orchestrating breaches of the Capitol building.
One Jan. 6 political prisoner has even accused Epps of trying to “recruit” him to storm the Capitol.
Despite the factual details, The New York Times took it upon themselves to write a conspicuous puff piece about Epps after Revolver News exposed his prominent role in inciting the riot at the Capitol.
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