Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) promoted a conspiracy theory during Tuesday’s hearing on the Jan. 6 insurrection, suggesting that Capitol Police were to blame for the mob of Trump supporters — which the conspiracy theory claims was actually “fake Trump protesters” and “provocateurs” — storming the U.S. Capitol.
Johnson read excerpts from an account of the day by J. Michael Waller, titled “I Saw Provocateurs At The Capitol Riot On Jan. 6,” published in The Federalist on Jan. 14.
In that account, Waller writes:
The DC Metropolitan police were their usual professionally detached selves, standing on curbs or at street crossings and exchanging an occasional greeting from marchers, but treating the event as routine and at the lowest threat level.
When we crossed First Street NW to enter the Capitol grounds where the Capitol Police had jurisdiction, I noticed no police at all. Several marchers expressed surprise.
The openness seemed like a courtesy gesture from Congress, which controls security.
After opening statements, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) asked some simple yes or no questions designed to removed some opacity over what happened on that historic day and what really was going on during the deadly attacks led by Trump supporters.
“Based on what we know now, including the recent department of justice indictments, do you agree that there is now clear evidence that supports the conclusion that the January 6th insurrection was planned and it was a coordinated attack on the U.S. Capitol?” Senator Klobuchar asked. All four officials agreed.
“Would you agree that this attack involved white supremacists and extremist groups?” she followed, to which everyone also agreed. “Would you agree that this was a highly dangerous situation which was horrific, but could have actually been worse without the courage of the officers that you commanded?” Klobuchar asked, to which everyone also agreed.
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