A Republican senator used his interrogation period during a joint Senate hearing on Tuesday, focused on the January 6 attack on the US Capitol to read an unverified published eyewitness account. by the federalist raising unproven allegations about “bullies” and people who pretend to be partisans of former President TrumpDonald TrumpFauci: the US political division over masks led to half a million COVID-19 deaths Georgia’s bishop says the Republican Party’s state election bill is an ‘attempt to suppress the black vote’ Trump closer to legal danger after court ruling on tax returns MOST participating in the riot.
Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGraham and Trump meet to discuss GOP strategy for 2022 Officers ready to question the crowd attack Journalism was ‘Jerry Springerized’ MOST (R-Wis.) Asked just one question during the joint hearing hosted by the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Homeland Security Committee in relation to the January 6 riot events during their designated time period on Tuesday, while reading an article by J. Michael Waller, an analyst at the Center for Security Policy, describes his alleged personal observations about the violence.
In excerpts from the play that Johnson read during the hearing, the author describes seeing “an organized cell of agent-provocateurs to corner people as a subsequent involuntary force behind plainclothes militants fighting with the police” as well as “Trump protesters” false, “who he said remained non-violent during the riot.
Other excerpts read by Johnson appeared to place the blame on Capitol police officers for inciting the crowd to violence, claiming that, “[t]Tear gas changed the crowd’s behavior. There was an air of disbelief when people realized that the police they supported were shooting at them. “
Ron Johnson is using his interrogation time during the Capitol security hearing to advance a conspiracy theory that the January 6 rebels were not really Trump supporters, but were “provocateurs” and “fake Trump protesters” pic.twitter.com/t72QkHDbaG
– Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 23, 2021
The assembled witnesses, including former United States Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, did not have a chance to respond to these statements during the hearing and were instead instructed by Johnson to answer a list of questions that the senator said he provided them in a letter.
Law enforcement officials did not say that left-wing activists or so-called “provocateurs” were responsible for the violence that unfolded on January 6, however, the complaint was widespread in conservative circles. and delivered by Trump allies to explain the events of the riot.