Attorney General Merrick Garland was testifying today before the House. We reported earlier on some of that testimony, including Garland saying that basically, his decision to have agencies look into alleged “threats” against school boards was based on a letter from the National School Board Association (NSBA). In an exchange with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Garland did not present any other data showing any uptick in actual threats/attacks. We also noted how the Democrats refused to accept a video into evidence being presented by Jordan. The video showed the people that Garland’s action had effectively demonized: people who were peacefully and justifiably upset that school districts were shoving politicized agenda like Critical Race Theory down their kids’ throats.
But representatives weren’t only asking about the Garland demonizing and going after parents — potentially chilling speech — they were also asking questions on other subjects as well, including on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) asked a fascinating question after he played videos of a man who seemed very active on both Jan. 5 and Jan. 6. On the 5th, the man is seen on video telling people they should go into the Capitol. On Jan. 6, Massie says he’s directing people to the Capitol and then he’s there at the barricades as they are being pushed, but doesn’t appear to push them himself. But “as far as we can find,” Massie says, “this individual has not been charged with anything.”
Rep. Thomas Massie demands answers on federal agents' participation in events of Jan. 6, Garland won't comment. pic.twitter.com/7SQIQlIdpf
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) October 21, 2021
Massie asked if the man was a federal agent-provocateur.
I was hoping today to give you an opportunity to put to rest the concerns that people have that there were federal agents or assets of the federal government present on January 5th and January 6th. Can you tell us without talking about particular videos how many agents or assets of the government were present on January 6th? Whether they agitated to go into the Capitol? And if any of them did?
Garland refused to answer the question, saying he wasn’t going to comment on an investigation that’s ongoing. But if you think about that, that’s a bit of a comment right there. If the man isn’t currently being prosecuted despite them obviously knowing who he is, when most of the other folks have been, then there has to be a way that he’s part of an “ongoing” investigation. If he isn’t being prosecuted, then it raises the question if he’s involved because he’s a witness/informant/agent.
Here’s the video of which Massie was speaking.
I just played this video for AG Merrick Garland. He refused to comment on how many agents or assets of the federal government were present in the crowd on Jan 5th and 6th and how many entered the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/lvd9n4mMHK
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) October 21, 2021
People on the video, at one point, become convinced that he’s a “fed” on Jan. 5 when he urges people to go into the Capitol the next day. Now, that doesn’t mean he is, but the circumstances where he shows up in multiple places are intriguing. At one point on the video, he’s also standing right next to the former BLM protest organizer, John Sullivan, who very definitely went into the building and who is being prosecuted.
Garland needs to answer this basic question, even if it’s in general terms. He’s not compromising anything if he just answers yes or no, or the number. If the answer is no, that settles the question. But not answering the question opens the door to more questions.