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Senate Republicans are asking serious questions over the role of the FBI in the so-called “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol last year, especially whether the agency had any agents, operatives, or informants who played a role in the protest that went off the rails and has allowed Democrats to portray their political adversaries as domestic terrorists.
During a Tuesday Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Texas Senator Ted Cruz attempted to pin down a top FBI official over the bureau’s involvement in the chaos that has been misleadingly portrayed as a legitimate effort to overthrow the entire federal government only to be met with stonewalling from Jill Sanborn, the executive assistant director of the National Security Branch.
Cruz asked “How many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of January 6?” and was met with dodging by Sanborn who suggested that an answer would compromise sources and methods.
Tucker Carlson broke down the key elements of the hearing during Tuesday’s edition of his popular Fox News program “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” expressing incredulity at Sanborn’s answers.
“Did you hear that? Cruz asked, quote, did any did any FBI agents or confidential informants commit crimes of violence on January 6, that’s what he asked,” Carlson said.
“And the obvious answer is ‘are you kidding, come on now. Of course the FBI isn’t secretly committing crimes of violence, that’s insane, we’re a federal law enforcement agency, we’re not the Tonton Macoute, next question please,'” he added, in a reference to the infamous Haitian paramilitary unit. “That is what Jill Sanborn should have said , but that’s not what, she said, instead she replied I can’t answer that.”
“But of course Jill Sanborn can answer that and she should be forced to answer that immediately, no sources or methods would be revealed, just answer the question, did they participate in violence or not, why is that hard?” Carlson asked. “That tells you a lot.”
Carlson also had questions on another top FBI official’s Sgt. Schultz routine in his responses to Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas on the mysterious Ray Epps, the former Marine whose actions have led to suspicion that he was acting as an agent provocateur dispatched to encourage protesters to storm the Capitol Building.
Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen also declined to provide a direct answer.
Can the top national security official at @theJusticeDept really not answer basic questions about the number of people facing charges after January 6th or the Department’s own most wanted list? pic.twitter.com/rdrghtmLDk
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) January 11, 2022
“In other words, they really expect you to believe that, quote, I simply don’t have any information at all on that individual, so the DOJ knows nothing about Ray Epps, the guy on the most wanted list, right,” he said. “That’s absurdly false and as if to underscore how absurdly false it is, within a short time Democrats on the January 6 committee released a statement claiming that actually they had already interviewed Ray Epps and anyone who has questions about his behavior on January 5th or 6th is a dangerous conspiracy theorist.”
Carlson was referring to the statement posted to Twitter by Nancy Pelosi’s sham committee claiming that they had interviewed Epps and that “he has never been an informant for the FBI or any other law enforcement agency.”
The Committee has interviewed Epps. Epps informed us that he was not employed by, working with, or acting at the direction of any law enforcement agency on Jan 5th or 6th or at any other time, & that he has never been an informant for the FBI or any other law enforcement agency.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) January 11, 2022
“Wow, bombshell, looks like case closed, we can forget about Ray Epps and move on, sorry we asked,” Carlson said. “But wait a second, when exactly and under what circumstances did the committee talk to Ray Epps?”
He continued, “Supposedly this interview was conducted in secret last November, if that is true – we don’t know that it is but let’s say it is – then why did the committee wait months to tell us today in a tweet when the committee got its hands on Mark Meadows text messages, we seem to remember they leaked those to the media within hours and by the way, was this Ray Epps interview conducted under oath?”
“Did Democrats subpoena his electronic communications as they did with Meadows and so many others?” he asked. “Will the information Epps revealed to the committee be available to the many January 6th defendants who are now awaiting trial? Can their lawyers see a transcript of this interview? Can we see a transcript of this interview? If not, why not?”
Carlson wrapped up his segment with a call for transparency about Epps.
Senator Cruz has posted a video of his grilling of Sanborn and Olson on his YouTube channel.
It has been abundantly clear to many that something foul is afoot regarding January 6, 2021 and how convenient the events have been for Democrats seeking to launch a domestic war on terror against their political opponents as well as to disqualify former President Donald J. Trump from running again in 2024. And the FBI and Pelosi’s committee will fight tooth, fang, and nail to avoid any form of transparency.
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