The CIA and the January 6 Capitol Riot

( – Years after the incident took America by surprise, new details have come to light through a series of newly disclosed text messages regarding the reaction of CIA operatives to the chaotic events of January 6, 2021.

The new evidence reveals insights into the agency’s actions concerning the Capitol riot and the placement of pipe bombs near the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic National Committees.

Part of a dialogue labeled the “January 7 Intel Chain,” these messages were revealed in documents obtained by Judicial Watch, though they are notably obscured by heavy redactions.

In the communication, references were made to the CIA’s preparedness with “several CIA dog teams on standby” amid discussions about a drone near the Capitol’s southwest side and communications with Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department about radio capabilities.

Texts also disclosed that “two CIA Bomb Techs” were dispatched to assess the pipe bombs discovered at key political offices on New Jersey Avenue and D Street. One message within the thread hints at the FBI finding up to five possible devices at this location, which prompted the setup of a command post nearby.

The suspect responsible for planting the devices on January 5, 2021, was caught on FBI-released video footage but remains unidentified, prompting a nationwide search.

Details surrounding the devices, including whether they were live, remain concealed due to redactions. Nevertheless it was communicated that bomb technicians were additionally deployed to the Capitol to evaluate the aftermath of the day’s events.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton highlighted how important these records are since they underscore the CIA’s involvement in responding to the January 6 events.

The investigation into the pipe bombs and the response to them has also been scrutinized in a recent report by House Administration Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman Barry Loudermilk.

Loudermilk criticized the Capitol police for how they handled the situation and suggested that their oversight endangered civilians and compromised the crime scene before thorough evidence gathering could take place.

The January 6 Committee’s investigation—or the lack thereof—into the pipe bombs has been another point of controversy, with Loudermilk stating that the committee did not prioritize this line of question and even deleted relevant records before Republicans gained the house majority.

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