While Wray hearing is on break, reupping this point: Steve Cohen asked a dumb question about whether FBI had opened an investigation into Trump inciting violence on Jan 6. In response to such questions, Wray KEEPS answering, "conspiracy indictments."
Even his boss has said, "follow the evidence where it leads," which is basically the same answer: If there is evidence that directly ties Rudy and Roger and Mikey and possibly even Don to the insurrectionists, FBI will get there via conspiracy cases.

emptywheel.net/2021/06/07/mer…
FBI has indicted 3 guys who went from the Willard Hotel, where they were "guarding" Roger Stone and others, to the Capitol. They indicted a guy discussed with Rudy Giuliani by name. At least one person involved in organizational issues has been indicted. An Alex Jones employee.
There's no saying that those people would tie Rudy and Roger and Mikey to the attack, nor is it clear that DOJ would be more successful getting cooperation now that Trump can't dangle pardons to everyone. But it is still really early in this investigation.
Jayapal asks if there was LE officers in the riot.

Wray: Have been current and especially former LE and military.
Tom Tiffany is very worried about terrorists at the border but not worried about terrorists at the Capitol.
Tiffany is worried abt Hunter Biden not filling out a form properly but apparently doesn't know about this guy named Jared Kushner.
Again, we're hours in and no one has asked why FBI wasn't living on /The Donald, where the insurrection was being planned in plain daylight.
Also no questions: About why all these Proud Boys claim to have been informants for the FBI and yet the FBI didn't know what the Proud Boys were doing...
Tom Massie raises concern that Black and Hispanics are denied by FBI background checks at a much higher rate than white people.

Which is a good point that he probably didn't have to rely on John Lott to get there.
Wray states categorically that FBI was not compromised in Solar Wind like other agencies were.
Steube calls Babbitt an unarmed "protestor."

She wasn't. She was an unarmed trespasser.
Why is Steube trying to treat Babbitt as a protestor. She was, AT BEST, a trespasser. And given her close coordination with people who damaged the Capitol, which is a crime of terrorism, it would not be surprising if she were charged in a conspiracy in that damage.
Jim Jordan thinks the leak of the tax returns of someone that Trump targeted relentlessly, Jeff Bezos, benefitted Democrats.

He also assumes that witnesses in investigations (re DeJoy) don't speak to the press.
Now Jim Jordan is outraged that people are being interviewed in the investigation of a terrorist attack.
Jim Jordan worried about Fauci talking to Facebook.

It is the height of insanity that a guy who had no medical expertise, who ran a program in 2016 called "Project Rasputin," was overriding medical decisions, and yet Fauci is being targeted.
Wray says he's the first FBI Director that ever went to meet w/Navajo Nation leaders.
Veronica Escobar persists in a question about whether FBI is watching for a follow-up attack tied to Trump's incitement for August. He dances thru first answer (mentions CT investigation). Second answer, he says they're watching everything.
Wray refuses to weigh in on Mondaire Jones' question about Mike Flynn's call for a coup.

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11 Jun
I love defendants who write down on paper all the security steps they're going to take on magic online services. This is Zach Alam, who broke the window through which alleged "protestor" Ashli Babbitt jumped through.

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Alam apparently was also using stolen license plates on his car, and had a bunch of IDs not belonging to him in his wallet when arrested.
In a recorded jailhouse call, Alam bitched that the VPN he was using didn't protect his location. Image
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11 Jun
The arrest affidavit for Chicago cop Karol Chwiesiuk has a nice map of where he was on Jan 5, walking right up to the barriers still up protecting the Capitol.

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Going back to the Chicago cop who got arrested today (for Jan 6, not JUST for being a Chicago cop), he appears to have confessed to have assaulted someone the night before the insurrection. Image
Now back to the cop. He apparently texted a buddy, "[N-word], don't snitch," which I guess is perfect Chicago cop-speak.
Read 13 tweets
11 Jun
AUSA notes that Kenneth Harrelson (whom Jason Dolan was with) was taking pictures at the Capitol on Jan 5, which he suspects was surveillance in advance of the attack.
AUSA is arguing that Jason Dolan tried to pull a cop out of his position guarding the East side of the Capitol.
AUSA says that "and others" were with Dolan, Harrelson, and Meggs as they headed to Pelosi's office.

[AUSA makes clear that the pic was not taken by the Oath Keepers.]

"They were looking for Nancy Pelosi."
Read 44 tweets
11 Jun
This is my post about the Three Percenter conspiracy indictment revealed last night (h/t @SeamusHughes).

emptywheel.net/2021/06/11/the…
But I'd like to talk about the numbers involved. The indictment says that the men coordinated their trip to the insurrection with 30 other SoCal radicalized Trump supporters. I can guess about 5 or 6 people who were on it. But that leaves 24 unidentified insurrectionists.
In March, prosecutors revealed there were 60 people on the Boots on the Ground Telegram that the Proud Boys had. At that time, just 23 were IDed (add about 5 to that number now).
Read 5 tweets
11 Jun
In a reply arguing he should be released pre-trial, Oath Keeper Jason Dolan says he's not as bad as (eg) Kelly Meggs bc he didn't go to weapons training last fall.

He, himself, was a marksmanship instructor in the Marines.

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The lawyer he shares with the former President has backed off his claim to have cut ties with the Oath Keepers entirely, without acknowledging he did so.
Of the photos showing Dolan wheeling gun cases around the Ballston Comfort Inn, the lawyer Dolan shares with the Former says maybe it's not him and effectively brags that Dolan hid his own weapons before the FBI came to arrest him. ImageImageImage
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10 Jun
Now reading the III-Percenter Jan 6 conspiracy indictment (h/t @SeamusHughes), which is going to fuck up my table. Does this plan look familiar?

extremism.gwu.edu/sites/g/files/…
@SeamusHughes The FBI thanks you for your self-identification.
@SeamusHughes The FBI thanks you for laying out the weapons you brought to insurrection that made your luggage too heavy to check.
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