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FBI Witness Says Proud Boys Sought to Assassinate Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence

FBI Witness Says Proud Boys Sought to Assassinate Nancy Pelosi and Mike Pence

A witness for the Federal Bureau of Investigation has claimed that a member of the Proud Boys, a right-wing extremist group, intended to assassinate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Vice President Mike Pence during the siege on the United States Capitol on January 6th.

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Dominic Pezzola, who goes by the nickname of “Spaz,” smashed a Capitol window with a shield he stole from a Capitol Police officer.

According to an affidavit that was filed on Wednesday, Spaz discussed committing violent acts against the Speaker and vice president with his co-conspirators:

[The witness] stated that other members of the group talked about things that they had done during the day, and they said that anyone they got their hands on they would have killed, including Nancy Pelosi. [The witness] further stated that members of this group, which included ‘Spaz,’ said that they would have killed [Vice President] Mike Pence if given the chance. The group said it would be returning on the ’20th,’ which your affiant takes to mean the Presidential Inauguration scheduled for January 20, 2021. And that they plan to kill every single ‘m-fer’ they can. [The witness] stated the men said they all had firearms or access to firearms.

The fact that the Proud Boys were among the insurrectionists should not be at all surprising. At the first presidential debate in October, President Donald Trump instructed the cohort of neo-Nazis and white nationalists to “stand back and stand by” when pressed by moderator Chris Wallace to denounce domestic terrorism.

On Friday, The Washington Post reported that the Pences were within striking distance of would-be assassins acting upon what they perceived as command orders coming directly from Trump:

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About one minute after Pence was hustled out of the chamber, a group charged up the stairs to a second-floor landing in the Senate, chasing a Capitol Police officer who drew them away from the Senate. Pence and his family had just ducked into a hideaway less than 100 feet from that landing, according to three people familiar with his whereabouts, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation,” the paper writes. “If the pro-Trump mob had arrived seconds earlier, the attackers would have been in eyesight of the vice president as he was rushed across a reception hall into the office.

Adding insult to injury, The Washington Post and The New York Times reported on Friday evening that lawmakers were not briefed on the threat, despite warnings which had been issued three days in advance that “Congress itself” was a primary target and in spite of multiple requests by the Capitol Police to deploy the National Guard ahead of the attack.

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