By Tyler Merbler -, CC BY 2.0,


According to a court filing by a defense attorney for the Oath Keepers on April 12, at least 20 FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) “assets were embedded around the Capitol” on Jan. 6, 2021 (J6).

This key detail is provided in a footnote on Page 6 of the motion, reports The Epoch Times (ET).

The footnote also noted that defense attorneys “combed through a mountain of discovery,” including summaries of interviews conducted by FBI agents.

ET adds:

The disclosure was made in a motion seeking to dismiss seditious conspiracy and obstruction charges against 10 Oath Keepers defendants in one of the most prominent Jan. 6 criminal cases.

The Oath Keepers are charged with conspiring to enter the Capitol on Jan. 6 to prevent the Electoral College votes certification of the 2020 presidential election.

However, according to the motion, after reviewing the evidence provided by prosecutors during discovery, defense attorneys in both Oath Keepers cases also say they have “not found one iota of proof” that defendants “had any plan, intention, design, or scheme to specifically enter the Capitol Building on J6.”

This corresponds to ADN’s earlier reporting. In August 2021 ADN cited a Reuters report that said:

The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials.

ADN added a quote from a former senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation who said: “there was no grand scheme with Roger Stone and Alex Jones and all of these people to storm the Capitol…”

In addition to noting the presence of embedded federal law enforcement assets on the ground at the Capitol, the footnote says, the Oath Keepers “were being monitored and recorded prior to J6.”

Not only that but the FBI reportedly tried to recruit some of the defendants charged in these cases.

The Epoch Times reports that:

Jeremy M. Brown, an Oath Keepers member from Florida who was charged with two Jan. 6-related counts but is not part of either major Oath Keepers conspiracy case, told The Epoch Times earlier this year that the FBI unsuccessfully tried to recruit him in 2020 to spy on the group.

Brown said the same agents who later arrested him for alleged Jan. 6 crimes tried to recruit him on Dec. 11, 2020, to become a confidential informant. He refused. He was arrested on Sept. 30, 2021, when dozens of federal agents swarmed his Florida property.

From the earliest arrest of Jan. 6 defendants, there has been extensive speculation about the role federal law enforcement played that day. This has raised conspiracy theories about the riot being a ‘false flag’ operation instigated by federal agents.

While, as ADN previously reported, there has been little evidence of that, the valid questions about the role of these federal assets or informants has only continued.

And so has the federal stonewalling.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Jan. 11, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz challenged top FBI officials on the subject, repeatedly asking how many FBI agents or confidential informants actively participated in the events of Jan. 6, and if any committed crimes.

However, Cruz was repeatedly stonewalled by Jill Sanborn, executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch, who kept saying: “I can’t answer that, sir.”

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  1. It was all a plot hatched by pelosi to entrap and impeach President Trump! SHE should be investigated as to WHY she did not secure the capitol building, WHY she refused to have the national guard present, and HOW she already had the articles of impeachment ready shortly after the “ supposed” insurrection. And WHY she called Milley at 3:00 a.m. to try to get him to take the nuclear codes from President Trump, “ because he was unhinged and a threat”, when SHE is unhinged and a threat to our national security, Along with Biden, Obama, Harris and others, including milley.

  2. And they were probably inciting everyone else!!!
    If only one was black….. they would have all been allowed to post bail immediately.

  3. Before this is over we will find that Pelosi planned and orchestrated taking a Peaceful gatherring and turning it into a Mob using the FBI and other assets!

  4. As long as the January 6th insurrectionists serve some jail time for their crime, that is the important thing.

  5. I was there and I agree. It felt like a set-up at the time. People placed at strategic locations with bull horns berating the crowd for being wimps and attempting to incite everyone to ‘Storm and Take back your Capital’. When it didn’t happen, officers removing the barricades and then invited people to come in. Only to start arresting them in the days that followed. Pelosi wanted and insurrection. When she didn’t get one, she made one up. How many insurrections have you read about where the people show up with no weapons? It’s a SCAM!

  6. RELEASE THEM NOW!! Class action suits should be forming immediately and should have been in process for 12 months now! What is the DuNCe END goal??

  7. Pelosi and her kangaroo court is just another Russian hoax attempt to discredit President Trump and we have all learned that the FBI no longer is an agency of justice or integrity – just a KGB beholding to the swamp creatures

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