By by John Semmens
The FBI’s investigation of the January 6 riot at the Capitol concludes that “it was neither an insurrection nor a coup attempt. There is no evidence that anyone organized the incursion. The absence of firearms among the riot participants negates the theory that this was a planned coup. Coups and insurrections are typically better organized. The insurgents bring guns, take hostages, and seize control of important government agencies. That didn’t happen. In fact, the only persons carrying and deploying firearms were the Capitol Police.”
These findings sparked bipartisan outrage. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill) complained “the FBI has neglected to do its duty. Everyone knows that Trump told these people to go to the Capitol and stop Joe Biden from being declared president.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) seconded Kinzinger’s view and added “the failure of the FBI to come to the expected conclusion reemphasizes the need for the House to conduct its own investigation. One way or another Trump and his minions must be punished for the most serious attack on our government since the Civil War.”
The House has already heard evidence from the Capitol Police. Officer Aquilino Gonell testified that “Trump himself helped create this monstrosity.” Officer Harry Dunn testified that “a hit man sent them.” Rep. Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo) were both brought to tears by this testimony.
Though hundreds of people who entered the Capitol on January 6 have been languishing in jail, denied bail, and the right to a speedy trial, Judge Beryl Howell questioned whether “we are being too lenient with these people. The only conviction obtained so far is a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of trespassing on government property. The presence of this person in the Capitol implicitly entailed ‘impeding a police officer’–an offense that is a felony punishable by 20-years in prison.”