On Tuesday, the previous leaders of the Capitol police and different authorities tasked with defending the Capitol constructing testified concerning the Jan. 6 assault, telling conflicting tales about what occurred that day. One factor that clearly did not occur was what Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) shared throughout his probability to query the legislation enforcement leaders: An account of the day printed within the conservative publication Federalist, alleging those that broke into the Capitol have been seemingly skilled provocateurs and never the “working-class” folks seen protesting exterior early within the day.
Ron Johnson is utilizing his questioning time in the course of the Capitol safety listening to to advertise a conspiracy idea that the January 6 insurrectionists weren’t really Trump supporters, however have been “provocateurs” and “fake Trump protesters” pic.twitter.com/t72QkHDbaG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 23, 2021
That suggestion flew within the face of testimony from former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who mentioned Tuesday that the assault was “pre-planned,” and insurgents have been “well equipped, coordinated, and prepared to carry out a violent insurrection at the United States Capitol.” And when the listening to ended, Rules Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) made it clear that Johnson’s allegations weren’t right.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) closes out the Capitol rebel listening to with what seems to be a nod to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI):
“There is clear agreement that this was a planned insurrection, and I think *most* members here very firmly agree with that.” pic.twitter.com/dyfeBCBcvZ
— The Recount (@therecount) February 23, 2021
At across the similar time Johnson was sharing the conspiracy idea, federal prosecutors unsealed a case in opposition to a Capitol attacker who, within the weeks after the assault, had made clear left-wing provocateurs weren’t behind it, HuffPost experiences. Jose Padilla allegedly used on-line boards to element his experiences on the rebel, making it clear that “the guy breaking the windows weren’t antifa,” however reasonably “patriots.”
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