Court Docs: FBI Had EIGHT Informants in Proud Boys Prior to January 6

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It has been established that FBI informants were at the US Capitol on  January 6th. However, their roles are still unknown, and official investigations into their activity are not happening at the pace of inquiry into other participants and there is far less transparency about what they were doing than the American public would like to see.

Questions about whether or not the informants had been embedded with activist groups still are on the minds of citizens who want to know what happened that day. One outlet dug into the court documents and public information on the role of the FBI.

“Court Docs: FBI Had EIGHT Informants in Proud Boys Prior to January 6,” Rusty Weiss wrote for Political Insider on Wednesday, adding:

Recent court documents show the FBI had as many as eight – EIGHT – informants embedded with the “Proud Boys” group in the months leading up to the January 6 riot at the Capitol in 2021.

The bombshell revelation comes via the New York Times and raises several alarms, among them being just how the eight informants and their presence within the group, and the information they gleaned from working with the group, didn’t result in the FBI stopping the riot in the first place.

It also raises the question with defense lawyers as to whether the group may have been, or to what degree they were, entrapped by the informants themselves.

The New York Times reports that court filings for defense lawyers representing five members of the Proud Boys currently on trial for seditious conspiracy have unveiled the number of informants.

“Some of the information the confidential sources had provided to the government was favorable to their efforts to defend their clients against sedition charges and was improperly withheld by prosecutors until several days ago,” the defense claimed.

“Because all of the material remains under a highly restrictive protective order, it is not possible to know what the informants told the government about the Proud Boys’ role in the Capitol attack or how that information might affect the outcome of the trial,” the Times writes.

“The FBI had as many as eight informants inside the Proud Boys in the months around the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, recent court papers indicate, raising questions about how much federal investigators were able to learn from them before and after it took place,” according to The New York Times..

With this many informants involved in the days before the riot, it’s hard to fathom why the FBI didn’t use their knowledge to prevent the riot from taking place at all.

“Questions about informants reporting to the government from inside extremist groups have been raised repeatedly throughout the Justice Department’s sprawling investigation of the Capitol attack,” the paper of record explains.

“They have included concerns about why the informants were not able to give the government advanced warning about plans to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6 or seemingly to corroborate accusations after the fact that the groups conspired in plotting the attack.”

“That is a charitable evaluation. Either they gave them information in advance and the FBI did nothing with it to stop the riot, or they are truly very bad informants,” Weiss reported.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson reported on the presence of the same FBI informants:

On his show, Carlson talked about the New York Times coverage, including showing a video. Matthew Rosenberg, a national security reporter with the New York Times who said that “a ton of FBI informants amongst the people who attacked the Capitol.”

“You have to wonder if you’re a national security reporter at the New York Times, and you find out there were a ton of FBI people in the crowd, doesn’t that kind of demand a follow-up?” Carlson said on that May episode.

News of the eight informants with the Proud Boys comes just days after revelations that the FBI had another well-placed informant within the Oath Keepers, another group that allegedly took part in the January 6 riot.

The New York Times revealed that the Oath Keepers informant is alleged to have “secretly reported to the FBI in the months leading up to the” Capitol incident.

With this many informants involved in the days before the riot, it’s hard to fathom why the FBI didn’t use their knowledge to prevent the riot from taking place at all.

“Questions about informants reporting to the government from inside extremist groups have been raised repeatedly throughout the Justice Department’s sprawling investigation of the Capitol attack,” the paper of record explains.

“They have included concerns about why the informants were not able to give the government advanced warning about plans to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6 or seemingly to corroborate accusations after the fact that the groups conspired in plotting the attack.”

That is a charitable evaluation. Either they gave them information in advance and the FBI did nothing with it to stop the riot, or they are truly very bad informants.

“Don’t you have a moral obligation to find out like: What the hell is that? Who are these people? Why haven’t they been arrested? What was the federal government’s role in this, quote, ‘insurrection’?” he continued.

One reporter asked just that:

Reporter Sharyl Attkisson asked the question on many people’s minds, how much did the FBI informants have in actually shaping the event in the first place?

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