The FBI says “no indication” that Antifa participated within the US Capitol rebellion
Police clear away the US Capitol with tear gas as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Washington on January 6, 2021.
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WASHINGTON – The FBI said Friday there was no evidence that anyone associated with Antifa dressed up as pro-Trump supporters to provoke the mob in the U.S. Capitol, a claim made by several Republican legislators repeated.
When asked if the FBI had uncovered such efforts, deputy director Steven D’Antuono told reporters on a phone call, “We currently have no evidence of this.”
Earlier this week, Republican Reps Matt Gaetz from Florida, Mo Brooks from Alabama and Paul Gosar from Arizona suggested that the far-left group tried to frame Trump supporters by intensifying events in the U.S. Capitol on the Wednesday after President Donald Trump’s “Save America” rally.
Hours after the crowd descended on the Capitol to derail the Congressional process to count the votes and confirm Biden’s victory in the November 3 election, Gaetz told the House he had read “convincing evidence” that some of the rioters were from Antifa.
“The Washington Times just reported some pretty compelling evidence from a facial recognition company showing that some of the people who broke through the Capitol today weren’t Trump supporters, but rather disguised themselves as Trump supporters and, in fact, members of the violent terrorist group Antifa were. “said Gaetz.
The Washington Times article has since been removed from the publication’s website.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks to media representatives outside of the Michael Cohen hearing on February 27, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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In a four-part tweet on Thursday, Brooks wrote that “evidence is growing that the fascist ANTIFA orchestrated the attack on the Capitol”.
“There was much public evidence that many of the Capitol attackers were Fascist ANTIFAs and not Trump supporters,” Brooks wrote.
Gosar wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that the attack on the US Capitol had “all the characteristics of antifa provocation”.
Five people were killed in the attack on the Capitol, including Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick.
The FBI asked the public on Thursday to identify individuals who participated in the riot.