The FBI has apparently determined that there’s “scant evidence” to suggest that the events of Jan. 6 resulted from an “organized plot”, according to a scoop published by Reuters.
According to the FBI, the riots were not coordinated by far-right groups or active supporters of Donald Trump.
Reuters reported, citing four current and former law enforcement officials, that “95%” of these cases are “one offs”; and even among the “5%” who were more organized, there is still no evidence of a “grand scheme” to overthrow Congress.
“Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump” – report reads.
The FBI has so far found no evidence that Donald Trump or anyone in his cercle were involved in organizing the violence.
The FBI found evidence that the far-right organizations, including Oath Keepers and Proud Boys groups, were going to break into the Capitol building. However, as the investigation showed, they did not have any specific plan of action in case of success.
The report specifically cited “dirty trickster” Roger Stone and InfoWars founder Alex Jones, who were “involved in pro-Trump events in Washington on Jan. 5, the day before the riot.”
“But there was no grand scheme with Roger Stone and Alex Jones and all of these people to storm the Capitol and take hostages.” – according to the source.
The findings could also help the 40 or so defendants members of militia groups, and are facing more serious conspiracy charges. Prosecutors now don’t have enough evidence to lay charges of “seditious conspiracy”, or use the RICO act to target these groups as if they were an organized criminal gang.
Prosecutors have filed conspiracy charges against 40 of those defendants, alleging that they engaged in some degree of planning before the attack. They alleged that one Proud Boy leader recruited members and urged them to stockpile bulletproof vests and other military-style equipment in the weeks before the attack and on Jan. 6 sent members forward with a plan to split into groups and make multiple entries to the Capitol.
But so far prosecutors have steered clear of more serious, politically-loaded charges that the sources said had been initially discussed by prosecutors, such as seditious conspiracy or racketeering.
The FBI’s assessment could prove relevant for a congressional investigation that also aims to determine how that day’s events were organized and by whom.
Senior lawmakers had been briefed on the results of the FBI’s investigation so far and found them credible, a Democratic congressional source told Reuters.
Thus, even if some groups of rioters might cooperate somehow on August 6th, discuss the rally in advance, there are no evidence of any conspiracy or of a shadowy leader behind the assault.
On the next day, on August 21, NBC News reported, that the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt outside a door of the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot has been formally exonerated after an internal investigation by the Capitol Police.
“A memo from the commander of the Capitol Police’s Office of Personal Responsibility says “no further action will be taken in this matter” after the officer was exonerated for use of force.”- NBC News reported.
The Justice Department claimed that no charges were being brought against the officer, as there were no grounds for criminal prosecution.
The exoneration by the Capitol Police wraps up the last remaining investigation into the incident.
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