A new report from the FBI is shedding more light on the events that unfolded at the US Capitol on January 6th, finding “scant evidence” the chaotic riot was a “coordinated” effort or “organized plot to overturn the presidential election result.”
“Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump, according to the sources, who have been either directly involved in or briefed regularly on the wide-ranging investigations,” reports Reuters.
“Ninety to ninety-five percent of these are one-off cases,” said one insider familiar with the report. “Then you have five percent, maybe, of these militia groups that were more closely organized. But there was no grand scheme with Roger Stone and Alex Jones and all of these people to storm the Capitol and take hostages.”
“FBI investigators did find that cells of protesters, including followers of the far-right Oath Keepers and Proud Boys groups, had aimed to break into the Capitol. But they found no evidence that the groups had serious plans about what to do if they made it inside, the sources said,” adds the global news agency.
Many Democrats have long contended the January 6th riot was an “insurrection” pushed by supporters of Donald Trump to overturn the 2020 election results.
Read the full report at Reuters.