The FBI found little evidence that suggests the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol was primarily supported by President Trump or right-wing groups, according to a Reuters report.
Friday, Reuters reported:
The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials.
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.
“Ninety to ninety-five percent of these are one-off cases,” said a former senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation. “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.”
[T]the FBI has so far found no evidence that he or people directly around [Trump] were involved in organizing the violence, according to the four current and former law enforcement officials.
Senior lawmakers are aware of the current findings of the FBI and believe the results are reliable so far, as confirmed to Reuters by a Democratic congressional source.
However, Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has convened a probe into the riot with a special committee without sufficient evidence. Republican leadership appointed members who Pelosi vetoed; instead, she set several compliant Republicans.
Just weeks ago, Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell urged prosecutors to file more serious charges against rioters. Prosecutors replied they had no evidence to sustain convictions on those claims.
There were more than 570 people arrested for alleged involvement, with 40 facing conspiracy charges alleging they engaged in some degree of planning before the attack.