An FBI informant was said to have been among the rioters on January 6 and passed real-time updates to his manager as mobs stormed the U.S. Capitol seeking to disrupt the official certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
The New York Times reported that a member of the far-right Proud Boys militia who was among the thousands who participated in the deadly riot was texting an FBI agent throughout the day.
The informant is identified only as belonging to a Midwestern section of the group.
According to the report, the informant was unaware in advance that the group would attempt to break into the U.S. Capitol, where lawmakers were certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.
This suggests that law enforcement was more aware of what was going on on the ground than previously known.
The files obtained by the Times describe the informants’ meeting with other Proud Boys on the morning of January 6 near the Washington Monument, where former President Donald Trump spoke at the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the scene of violence on Capitol Hill .
The Proud Boys are known to have brawled at protests, but according to the informant’s version of events, the group was simply following a pro-Trump mob consumed by the herd mentality.
The militia members reportedly had a long debate over whether to enter the Capitol and eventually made their way into the building.
The informant escaped through a window after a police officer told him someone had been shot inside, possibly referring to Ashli Babbitt.
The informant appears to suggest that there was no plot to storm the Capitol before the riot, and the intelligence could form part of the House select committee’s investigation into the events of that day. .
It appears that the informant was an infantryman of the group rather than one of its leaders.
Of the more than 600 rioters accused of riot-related offenses, 15 were members of the Proud Boys.
The January 6 committee asked defendants who have already pleaded guilty to testify before the panel.
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