During the January 6 2021 Capitol Hill protests, “at least 40” undercover FBI operatives had infiltrated the crowds to instigate trouble, court documents have revealed.
Law enforcement agencies had at least 40 undercover informants participating in surveillance work among defendants during the protests.
The presence of the operatives was exposed by Roger Roots, the lawyer for defendant American Proud Boys member Dominic Pezzola.
Roots filed a motion to reveal all undercover informants related to the Jan. 6 case.
Several undercover law enforcement officers were at the Capitol that day, according to the filed document.
At least 40 undercover informants or agents were walking among the protesters.
According to Roots, these agents were instigating trouble by encouraging the crowds to turn violent and enter the Capitol building.
“Some of these undercover Metro officers marched with the Proud Boy march, and some appear to have played roles of instigators, in that they are seen on body-worn videos chanting ‘Go! Go!,’ ‘Stop the Steal!,’ and ‘Whose house? Our house!’ on January 6,” Roots said.
“Others generally followed demonstrators toward the Capitol.”
On Tuesday, the government admitted that eight FBI confidential agents were embedded among the Proud Boys on January 6.
Roots alleges that the Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) agency had about 19 informants active at the time.
In addition, at least 13 undercover plain-clothes DC Metro police agents were among the Proud Boys.
“When added to the 8 FBI CHSs now acknowledged by the prosecutors, this means that there were at least 40 undercover informants or agents doing surveillance among defendants on January 6,” Roots said.
The defense would have been “much more aggressive” in the initial trial if they would have known “the scope and scale” of the Jan. 6 undercover government scheme, the lawyer added.
Pezzola is currently standing trial in DC with the Proud Boy’s former national chairman Enrique Tarrio and members Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, and Zachary Rehl.
They are accused of conspiring against President Joe Biden taking office in 2021.
“At least 40 undercover FBI informants” participated in J6 with Proud Boys but only 5 Proud Boys are being prosecuted?
Is that right @julie_kelly2?
The FBI is not supposed to encourage or help people break the law, they should stop people from breaking the law.
Congress must… https://t.co/4KAvKxC3HU
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) April 6, 2023
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