Who Let Capitol Protesters Into the Building on January 6?

Who Let Capitol Protesters Into the Building on January 6? By Julie Kelly.

Videos taken by people at the Capitol not only show some U.S. Capitol Police officers ushering protesters toward the building and allowing them to enter but … USCP officers also cautioned several protesters how they should behave. …

[Jason Dolan, an alleged Oath Keeper and former U.S. Marine with no criminal record] described how someone inside the Capitol opened the doors. (Dolan was arrested three days after the interview was posted.) The Justice Department, in a motion to keep Dolan incarcerated awaiting trial, called his story a “conspiracy theory.”

In [Judge] Mehta’s defense, he only has access to cherry-picked video evidence provided by the Justice Department, which is keeping more than 14,000 hours of surveillance footage captured by the USCP security system under seal by insisting the recordings are “highly sensitive” government material. Judges, defense attorneys, and Capitol defendants are at the mercy of whatever damning clips federal prosecutors produce for any given case.

A select group of lawmakers, however, is authorized to view the raw footage: Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is one of them. As ranking member of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Johnson has directed his staff to closely examine the recordings to get a detailed account of what happened that day. …

Was this the crucial act?

Johnson’s office already has flagged a slice of footage that may seriously undermine the accepted narrative — perpetuated by federal judges in court hearings and nearly everyone else — that “insurrectionists” broke into the building without permission.

In a letter to acting U.S. Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman last week, Johnson zeroed in on the suspicious activity of several individuals around 2:30 p.m. — right before more than 300 protesters entered the building through doors on the upper west terrace. Moments before, according to Johnson’s letter, an “unauthorized” person tried unsuccessfully to open a set of double doors.

Five people returned to the double doors shortly thereafter and walked past a USCP officer. “The security footage, which did not include audio, appeared to show the police officer gesturing toward the doors as these individuals walked past him. Once at the double doors, one of the five individuals pushed the left door’s crash bar and this time, it opened. All five individuals exited the building at approximately 2:33 p.m.”

But the last person to leave left the door ajar, “allowing people from the outside of the building to gain entry into the Capitol. At 2:34 p.m., as people began to enter through this door, the police officer who was in the vicinity of this door one minute earlier, walked into another hallway away from this door and out of the view of the security camera.” For nearly 15 minutes, Johnson estimates, 309 people entered the Capitol building while law enforcement did little to stop them. …

[Johnson] asked how an inside door locked at 2:26 p.m. was unlocked in the presence of at least one USCP officer seven minutes later.

So, who were the mystery men? If they were “unauthorized,” the individuals couldn’t have been congressional staffers or USCP officers. (Or could they be?) Were they the paid agitators many people on the ground that day continue to insist provoked the siege? …

During a Senate Homeland Security Committee meeting in February, Johnson raised the idea that bad actors, not Trump supporters, stoked the violence. He read aloud a detailed account by J. Michael Waller published in The Federalist that described organized groups of agitators initiating the violence and mayhem. The idea there were “groups of provocateurs and agitators also is holding up,” Johnson said to me.

Reining in the propaganda:

Johnson correctly concludes the protest was not an “armed insurrection” since no handguns were found at the scene; FBI Director Chris Wray last week confirmed Johnson’s statement in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. “You don’t hear too many people calling it an ‘armed insurrection’ anymore. They dropped the ‘armed’ part,” he told me. …

Johnson authored a June 7 letter to Garland regarding his department’s “unequal administration of justice with respect to certain protestors.”

The letter detailed the discrepancies between how the Justice Department is treating January 6 protesters versus those involved in the “2020 unrest” associated with George Floyd protests over the summer. Picking up on American Greatness’ reporting over the past few months that has exposed the harsh treatment of January 6 defendants in a D.C. prison, the senators asked if any 2020 protesters were denied bail and placed in solitary confinement.

One of the most disgraceful episodes in US history. If this ever comes to full light of day — and it may — I suspect it will go down in history alongside the Reichstag fire, as a legendary act of political trickery perpetrated by dishonest power-mongers of the left. (Not that the academic left admits to this day that Hitler was a leftist. Hint: on the spectrum from individualism on the right to full-on communism on left, he was well over to the left — a socialist, in his own words and in the name of his party.)