Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson read an eyewitness account in the report at Tuesday’s Capitol riot security hearing claiming without specific evidence that it was “ agent attorney ” who turned “ unsuspecting protesters into an invading crowd ” on Jan. 6.
Johnson, a Republican loyalist to Donald Trump who questioned Hunter Biden while he was committee chair, but who also voted to count electoral votes in states like his that went for Joe Biden, introduced the conspiracy theory at a Senate hearing Tuesday.
He spoke after former Capitol police chief Steven Sund described his officers being overrun by a MAGA gang armed with flags, poles and bear spray.
Johnson read from a piece by J. Michael Waller, a Center for Security Policy analyst who produced his own eyewitness account of the event.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) Advanced a conspiracy theory by reading a witness to the Jan. 6 riot who wrote that there were agent provocateurs within the mob that sparked the riot
Johnson read from an article published in the Federalist by J. Michael Waller, an analyst at the Center for Security Policy, who produced his own eyewitness account of the event.
The report concluded that a small group of armed attackers who ‘likely’ had planned the event and led other rioters to participate.
It comes after Trump allies put forward theories of a ‘false flag’ operation in lieu of a riot from Trump supporters seeking to destroy the election result. Some pointed to the left-wing antifa, despite video footage of people decked out in Trump gear and dozens of arrests of people who said they went to the Capitol in support of Trump’s claims about stolen elections.
Senator Johnson read from a report by J. Michael Waller about what he saw at the Capitol on January 6
Johnson read from a piece by J. Michael Waller, a Center for Security Policy analyst, who produced his own eyewitness account of the event and claimed that there were “agents provocateur” behind the January 6 riot.
Johnson read the statement after other Trump loyists promoted stories that infiltrated left-wing forces or sparked the MAGA mafia riots
The account read by Johnson describes various groups within the protests outside the Capitol
A protester holds a Trump flag in the US Capitol near the Senate Chamber on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC
“He said the crowd’s mood was positive and festive,” said Johnson, reading from Waller’s account as he joined a crowd marching toward the Capitol.
“Of the thousands of people I passed or who passed me along Constitution Avenue, some were outraged or disdainful of Congress, but none seemed angry or upset,” Waller wrote in the Federalist.
He said that many were “families with small children,” many were elderly, overweight or just tired or weak, traits not typically attributed to riot. ‘
“Many wore pro-police shirts or wore pro-police black and blue flags,” according to passages Johnson read.
Very few did not share the jovial, friendly and sincere attitude of the vast majority. Some clearly didn’t fit, ”he continued.
“He describes four different kinds of people,” Johnson said: plainclothes militants, cop provocateurs, large truck protesters, and then a disciplined uniform column of attackers. “I think these are the people who probably planned this,” he said.
The statement Johnson read described DC police as their “ mostly detached selves ” and said he had noticed “ no police at all ” on Capitol premises.
“The openness seemed like a Congressional courtesy,” Waller wrote. “Everyone pushed closer and closer together, often in good spirits.”
Several times he identified as if he were within earshot of flare-ups.
“Some troubles started up front” at the inaugural platform, ”he said,“ but we can’t see what happened. ‘
Then there was a ‘scuffle’ and people started chanting ‘US, US’.
He described a group of “plainclothes militants,” adding that they “are just right for MAGA people.”
Then he said the police fired tear gas into the center of the crowd, which “ changed the behavior of the crowd. ”
“The pro-police are moving from disbelief to confusion and anger,” Johnson said.
‘I’ll stop right there. The last five pages are titled Provocatuers Turning Unsuspecting Marchers Into Invading Crowds, ”Johnson added, before asking witnesses a few questions.
The article that Johnson read described the alleged agent provocatuer as “scattered groups of men urging the protesters to gather close and firmly to the center of the Capitol’s exterior and keep them from leaving.”
It claimed there were ‘fake Trump protesters’ described as’ a few young men who wore Trump or MAGA hats backwards and who did not fit in with the rest of the crowd in actions and behavior, who I assumed were Antifa or other left-wing agitators. ‘
The passages Johnson read came because yet another person picked up by the FBI claimed he had sympathy for Trump.
Thomas Webster, a former NYPD officer, surrendered to agents in New York on Monday. Prosecutors say Webster, a former Marine, assaulted a Capitol Police officer with a stake.
His attorney said he was not part of a group and that he was going on behalf of the former president of the United States.
The Souther Policy Law Center describes the center as being “from a revered hawk-like think tank focused on foreign affairs to a conspiracy-focused mouthpiece for the burgeoning anti-Muslim movement in the United States.”
Johnson also said he found videos of “nauseating” incidents and quashed the “reprehensible racist insults” rioters hurled at police.