The FBI’s Washington Field Office (WFO) claimed there may be “undercover officers” and “confidential human sources” inside the Capitol on January 6, 2021, according to whistleblower testimony obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The FBI’s Washington field office asked the Boston field office to open investigations into 140 people who took buses from Massachusetts to DC on January 6, but denied the request to office to see video showing those people were inside the Capitol, FBI whistleblower George Hill said during a Feb. 10 interview with the House Select Subcommittee on Federal Government Arming. The office claimed they had to “protect” the identity of potential undercover agents, according to Hill.
The Boston office initially opened cases on two people who “definitive evidence” showed were in restricted areas of the Capitol, Hill said. Because these people organized the buses to DC, the WFO wanted cases opened on each individual on the bus.
Boston’s supervisory special agent (SSA) refused to open cases on all those who went to DC because “they were going to a political rally, which is an activity protected by the First Amendment,” according to Hill.
“[People] think about the illegal events that took place later on January 6th, but until then it was a rally,” Hill said. “People were, you know, driving to it or flying to it.”
When another SSA asked to see where they were inside the Capitol, the WFO refused to show the footage unless they knew “the exact time and place these people were inside the Capitol.”
“Why can’t you [give us access] to the 11,000 hours of video available?” asked the SSA.
The WFO responded that there “may be” undercover officers or confidential human sources “in those videos whose identities we have to protect,” according to Hill, who said he overheard the conversation firsthand.
Many have speculated that FBI agents were in the crowd on January 6th. In November, FBI Director Christopher Wray declined to say whether or not the bureau had confidential human sources among the Jan. 6 protesters when asked by Louisiana Republican Representative Clay Higgins. FBI Homeland Security Branch Executive Deputy Director Jill Sanborn similarly dodged the question when asked by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz at a Jan. 11, 2023, Senate hearing.
“Our whistleblowers are brave people who risk their reputations and their livelihoods to expose wrongdoing,” House Judiciary Chairman and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said in the Daily Caller News Foundation. “There are already immense obstacles preventing whistleblowers from coming forward, and we hope that Democratic leaks and partisan criticism will not deter the remaining whistleblowers from coming forward.”
The FBI declined to comment.
Post written by Katelynn Richardson. Reprinted with permission from DCNF. Images and headlines via Becker News.
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