The House Committee formed to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol staged in January is following leads — and one of these leads is the cash trail. Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) says the committee wants to know who was behind funding the organization of the attack.
FBI officials say that there was no grand cohesive plot that all the participants of the riot has coordinated in advance — that as many as 95% of the defendants were “one-offs,” Reuters reported back in August. However, they didn’t suggest that there was no planning, or intent, or that none of the attack was coordinated. In fact, they found multiple cells of attackers who had planned in advance to break into the building, although their plans after that were murkier.
Among those who did have coordinated plans — ranging from bussing in rally-goers to passing around maps identifying the building’s underground tunnels — the question remains, who was doing the coordinating?
Jamie Raskin appeared on CNN to discuss why following the funding is an important aspect of this question.
Raskin: You don’t knock over the Capitol… without any money being behind it. This was an expensive operation. Lots of money was spent. Lots of money was raised… pic.twitter.com/XsYf0SKrd4
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 23, 2021
“I’m gonna reserve judgment on our final conclusions until we get there, and we’re very eager to assemble this into a report to the American people, but I will say that you don’t knock over the US Capitol and wound 140 officers and storm the Capitol and lay state of siege to the Congress without any money being behind it. This was an expensive operation, and lots of money was spent and lots of money was raised and we do intend to get to the bottom of the financial dimension behind this attack on American democracy.”
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