Julie Kelly with American Greatness was able to get the motion, which said that “plain-clothes law enforcement officers from other agencies” and confidential human sources (CHS) “vastly outnumbered” FBI informants.
According to the document, “an agency known as Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) appears to have played a significant role in managing and running CHSs within the Proud Boys on Jan. 6, 2021.”
But what the motion states about the actions of these informants based on bodycam evidence is much more devastating. “This new information is clearly exculpatory,” according to the paper. “Bodycam footage taken on Jan. 6 by undercover Metropolitan law enforcement agents showing the cops cheering on the marchers, chanting ‘Go! Go! Go!,’ ‘Stop the Steal!,’ as well as ‘Whose House? ‘Our House!'”
“Undercover operatives, not just as observers, were planted amid the protesters as instigators.”
According to the attorney, “at least 10 to 12 extra, never before seen plain-clothes MPD officers were amid the Proud Boys on Jan. 6.” This implies that at least 50 informants infiltrated the gathering that day.
It is not new that law enforcement authorities were infiltrating the Proud Boys and other right-wing organizations. However, this document gives insight on how extensively the government exploited these sources. In the months leading up to the assault of the Capitol, the FBI “had as many as eight informants within the far-right Proud Boys,” according to a December New York Times investigation.
According to the report:
“In the papers, some that had been heavily redacted, the attorneys claimed that some of the details that was provided to the government by confidential sources was beneficial to their efforts in defending their clients against charges of sedition and had been improperly withheld by the prosecutors up until several days ago.”
“Prosecutors argued in a sealed filing that was quoted by the defense that hundreds of the pages of papers pertaining to F.B.I. informants were not “suppressed” by the federal government or directly significant to the case of the Proud Boys, who are facing charges of sedition: Enrique Tarrio, who is the group’s former leader; Ethan Nordean; Joseph Biggs; Zachary Rehl; and Dominic Pezzola.”
If the defense attorney’s charges are true, it indicates that government officers intentionally encouraged those present at the Capitol building to participate in violence. They were provoking these people to commit crimes, which is the sort of corruption that has plagued the Bureau from its beginning.
Indeed, the FBI has a history of utilizing informants, who are frequently convicted criminals themselves, to join politically-oriented groups and urge its members to participate in extremism in order to obtain more arrests. Another investigation showed that the Bureau conducted a similar operation on protestors opposing police brutality following the murder of George Floyd.
These findings, perhaps, will help in the defense of people being accused by the same administration that allegedly encouraged them to commit crimes. Unfortunately, it may be too late for many others.