Former leaders of the Capitol Police and other authorities responsible for protecting the Capitol building on Tuesday testified to the January 6 attack, telling conflicting stories about what happened that day. One thing that clearly didn’t happen is what Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) Shared during his chance to interview law enforcement officials: An account of the day posted in the conservative publication Federalist, alleging that those who broke into the Capitol were apparently professional provocateurs and not the “working class” people seen demonstrating outside early in the day.
Ron Johnson uses his questioning time during the Capitol Security Hearing to promote a conspiracy theory that the Jan. 6 insurgents were not in fact Trump supporters, but were “provocateurs” and “Fake Trump protesters” pic.twitter.com/t72QkHDbaG
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 23, 2021
The suggestion goes against the testimony of former Capitol Hill police chief Steven Sund, who said on Tuesday that the attack was “pre-planned” and that the insurgents were “well equipped, coordinated and prepared for. lead a violent insurgency in the United States. Capitol. ” And at the end of the hearing, Rules Committee chair Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Made it clear that Johnson’s claims were not correct.
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) ends the hearing on the Capitol Uprising with what appears to be a nod to Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI):
“There is a clear agreement that this was a planned insurgency, and I think * most * of the members here very strongly agree with that.” pic.twitter.com/dyfeBCBcvZ
– The recount (@therecount) February 23, 2021
Around the same time that Johnson was sharing the conspiracy theory, federal prosecutors exposed a case against a Capitol attacker who, in the weeks following the attack, had made it clear that leftist provocateurs were not behind that, HuffPost reports. Jose Padilla is said to have used online forums to detail his experiences during the insurgency, making it clear that “the guy who smashed the windows was not an antifa” but rather “patriots”.
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