FBI Smacks Right-Wing Media With Stinging Fact-Check: No Sign Antifa Stormed Capitol

The FBI on Friday slapped down claims by right-wing media — and a few Republican politicians — that anti-fascist activists had been behind the storming of the Capitol.

Despite all proof on the contrary, proof that was broadcast reside throughout the nation, Fox News, Fox Business Network, Newsmax and different right-wing media retailers tried accountable “antifa” for the deadly assault on the Capitol on Wednesday as frightened lawmakers huddled underneath their seats. The assault left 5 folks lifeless, together with Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. 

FBI Assistant Director Steven D’Antuono stated Friday that there isn’t any proof antifa activists had been concerned within the violent riot.

Asked throughout a name with reporters about claims that antifa dressed like supporters of Donald Trump earlier than storming the Capitol, D’Antuono responded: “We have no indication of that,” CNBC reported.

Several individuals who had been photographed rampaging by the Capitol, together with some who’ve already been arrested, have prominent profiles as outspoken Trump supporters.

The claims about antifa rapidly started to emerge Wednesday afternoon and unfold on social media, fueled by Trump disciples, together with televangelist Mark Burns, who falsely declared the motion a “staged antifa attack.” 

Later that night time, throughout the conclusion of the riot-interrupted Electoral College vote certification, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) additionally falsely prompt that members of the antifa motion had been “masquerading as Trump supporters” as they attacked the Capitol. A baseless Washington Times article cited by Gaetz was later eliminated by the newspaper.

The false accusations had been parroted on Fox and different right-wing retailers. All three of Fox News’ prime-time hosts ― Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham ― prompt that antifa or different exterior forces might have infiltrated and triggered the assault on the Capitol.

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