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Attorney For Capitol Riot Suspects Pushes ‘FBI Set-Up’ Narrative

Attorney For Capitol Riot Suspects Pushes ‘FBI Set-Up’ Narrative

John Pierce is representing multiple members of the Proud Boys group in the Capitol Riot case, but on Twitter, he’s representing conspiracy theories about the FBI. Careful not to openly espouse such a claim, the attorney used the social media site’s polling function to create leading questions that encouraged his fans to make them for him.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: Supporters of President Donald Trump take over balconies and inauguration scaffolding at the United States Capitol on Wednesday January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pro-Trump supporters were gathering to protest last November’s election results. (Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

One of Pierce’s clients, Christopher Worrell, is described in the Statement of Facts (PDF) attacked to his indictment as appearing on camera deploying pepper spray against law enforcement officers. Another, Dominic Pezzola, is named in an affidavit (PDF) as having boasted about breaking windows using a Capitol Police shield.

On Twitter, the attorney for both these men declared that he knows “what actually happened on January 6th” and hinted that “the official narrative” wasn’t believable.

In the early hours of Monday morning, Pierce posted a poll asking followers, if they “believe the official narrative that January 6th was a Trump-inspired ‘armed insurrection'” and offered two answer options.

Viewers of the tweet could choose between the mocking “Yes beware MAGA Grandmas” option or “No this was FBI set-up.”

Pierce wasn’t done — he went on to post another leading poll question, about whether he would win in court.

Asking fans to “put odds on” the outcome of the case, Pierce threw in an assertion that he knows “what actually happened,” seeming to hint that what America watched unfolding live on streaming video wasn’t the real story, and gave two answer options suggesting that the only way he could lose this case would be if he was the victim of a politically-motivated arrest.

Pierce has claimed he will get his clients acquittals, despite video evidence against them.

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