Matt Getz confident he will be justified for supporting far-right allegation of FBI 1/6 ‘role’

Republican Florida Representative Matt Gaetz has expressed confidence he will be justified in supporting far-right allegations that the FBI helped plot the January 6, 2021 Capitol uprising, infiltrating far-right groups. after.

In a Getr message published Wednesday evening, Getz posted a screenshot of the CNN broadcast. The broadcast showed him alongside other legislators who put forward the same far-right claim, including Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Representative Marjorie Taylor Green of Florida and Representative Thomas Massey of Kentucky.

Gaetz wrote, “Saving it when the full extent of the federal government’s role in J6 comes to the fore.”

The first time Gaetz took the conspiracy theory forward publicly was in the June 18, 2021 installment of Cortes and Pellegrino, a talk program on the right-wing network Newsmax.

On the show, he stated that the FBI had infiltrated groups whose members were arrested for allegedly participating in the riots—groups such as the Oath Keepers. The FBI did this, Gaetz said, “as a mechanism to bring that organization to the point of criminal conduct to try and bring it down.”

“There was an FBI infiltration of these groups, and we have to determine whether the infiltration resulted in more serious criminal conduct than would otherwise have happened,” he said.

“The FBI has a long history of this, even in the civil rights era,” he said, “and I certainly hope that our premier law enforcement organization is not actually working to violate federal law.” Used to be.

“I’ve been called a conspiracy theorist just for asking this question, but whether it was the Russian hoax that was bullshit or the origins of the coronavirus in the Wuhan lab, I have a pretty good track record of being right when I make the announcement.

The conspiracy theory has also been put forward by Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Republican Florida Representative Matt Gaetz has expressed confidence that he will be justified in supporting far-right allegations that the FBI played a role in the January 6, 2021 uprising at the US Capitol. In this photo, Gaetz talks to the media after a congressional committee voted to approve two articles of impeachment against then-President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill on December 13, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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Getz put forward this theory once again on the recent anniversary of the riots.

“We know that this 6 January last year was not an uprising,” he said. “Nobody has been charged with rebellion. No one has been charged with treason, but it could very well be Fed-sarcasm.”

Most of the suspected Capitol rioters have been charged with trespassing, assault and obstructing congressional proceedings. Josh Blackman, a professor of constitutional law at the South Texas College of Law, told KPRC that he has not been charged with rebellion or treason because such charges require prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that his The intention is to overthrow the government or cause harm to the country. -TV.

The basis for Gaetz’s conspiracy claim was a video of ex-Marine Ray Epps telling people to “go to the capital”. conspiracy theorist Alleged that Apes was an informant of the FBI, Getz and Green said the app was reportedly taken off the FBI’s Capital Violence Most Wanted list, even though it was not charged with the crime.

No evidence links the apps to the FBI, the new York Times Reported,

Getz also said that another video captured a man chopping down a chainlink fence to help rioters gain access to restricted areas of the Capitol. He claimed that the person was not even sought by federal legal authorities.

Getz said he and Green sent letters to the FBI and the Justice Department inquiring about the apes and fence-cutters. The MLAs have not received any reply from any agency.

Both Getz and Green argue that the arrested rioters were simply protesters who were prosecuted for their conservative political beliefs.

Getz is currently being investigated by the FBI for breaking sex trafficking laws and paying a 17-year-old to have sex with her. Getz has denied these allegations and has not been charged.