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Records show that after driving to Washington and signing up for an Airbnb in Virginia on January 5, the whistleblower spent most of January 6 with other Proud Boys, including some who have been charged in the attack. While the insider mentioned seeing leaders of the Proud Boys that day, such as Ethan Nordean, who has also been charged, there is no indication that he was directly involved with the Proud Boys in leadership positions.

In a detailed account of his activities contained in the logs, the informant, who was part of a group talk by other Proud Boys, described meeting with dozens of men from chapters across the country at 10 a.m. on January 6 at the Washington Monument. and finally marching to the Capitol. He said that when he arrived, a crowd of people were already passing through the first barrier outside the building, which, he later learned, was knocked down by one of his Proud Boy acquaintances and a young woman accompanying him.

Records say the informant entered the Capitol after debating whether to do so with his compatriots. He then told his handlers, according to records, that after police officers informed him that someone, possibly pro-Trump troublemaker Ashli ​​Babbitt, had been shot inside the building, he exited through a window. The records say that he did not hurt anyone and did not break anything.

According to records, the whistleblower began telling the FBI what he knew about Jan.6 in late December, after a pro-Trump rally in Washington that month turned violent. He showed his handlers screenshots of an online chat board known to be popular with Trump supporters, indicating that some of the so-called normal conservatives were planning to bring weapons to Washington in January, records show.

But the records do not contain any indication that the whistleblower was aware of a possible plot by Proud Boys leaders to intentionally instigate normal Trump supporters, or what members of the group refer to as “norms,” ​​on January 6. .

According to court documents in one case, a leader of the Proud Boys of Philadelphia wrote on the group’s Telegram channel on the morning of January 6: “I want to see thousands of regulators burn that city to ashes today.”

Then after the attack ended, another chapter leader summarized his thoughts on the riot on chat, according to court documents.


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