Representative Louie Gohmert is among the group of Republicans that have fought to downplay, excuse, and distract from January’s insurrection attempt since it took place. Now, he’s shifting the blame to the FBI.
In the clip below, Gohmert stands on the House floor and creates a revisionist history in which the FBI was actually responsible for the attack on the U.S. Government carried out by Trump supporters, defending the attackers and suggesting that because they were “otherwise peaceful” (aside from breaking into the Capitol Building, threatening the lives of legislators, and trying to overthrow the government) it’s wrong for them to be imprisoned.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) spews a bullshit baseless conspiracy theory blaming the FBI for organizing the January 6th insurrection to “frame the entire MAGA movement as potential domestic terrorists.” pic.twitter.com/LZI5bQfx65
— The Recount (@therecount) June 17, 2021
“Instead, this would imply that elements of the Federal government were active instigators in the most egregious and spectacular aspects of January 6th, amounting to a monumental entrapment scheme used as a pretext to imprison otherwise harmless protestors at the Capital, and in a much larger sense, used to frame the entire MAGA movement as potential domestic terrorists.”
Blaming and attacking the FBI is the current tactic MAGA is going for. You can see the same from Representatie Matt Gaetz below.
Did the FBI have a direct role, through their operatives or assets, in the escalation of January 6th?
Here's what we know: pic.twitter.com/hI4MGAVY1v
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 17, 2021
Gaetz cites a far-right website and its speculation that, if the FBI had informants within white supremacist groups then perhaps those informants were part of escalating the violence, and that the FBI is therefore culpable, while the white supremacist groups themselves are perhaps less so.
As seen in this archived copy, the Revolver News piece in question leaps to the conclusion that perhaps the FBI planted agents in leadership roles in these insurrectionist militia groups, and that they played heavier roles in instigation and violence. This is based entirely on FBI Director Christopher Wray not giving away information about informants in his answers.
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