J6 Trial Reveals FBI Had ‘Complex Web’ of at Least 20 Extremist Group Informants in Run-Up to Capitol Riot3 min read
March 27, 2023 at 07:25AM J6 Trial Reveals FBI Had ‘Complex Web’ of at Least 20 Extremist Group Informants in Run-Up to Capitol Riot
Attorneys at the Department of Justice (DOJ) would not tell a J6 defendant’s attorney if planned witnesses in the case were FBI informants.
The prosecution’s refusal to disclose the critical information came after the government revealed that a planned witness had been an informant. The revelations come via a court transcript obtained by American Greatness’ Julie Kelly.
The defendants in the case are former Proud Boys National Chairman Enrique Tarrio and members Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola. The defendants are accused of allegedly participating in a seditious conspiracy plot to overthrow the U.S. government.
The DOJ said Wednesday that a defense witness for Enrique Tarrio, himself a prior FBI informant, had been a confidential human source (CHS) for the bureau from April 2021 to January 2023. Tarrio’s attorney, Sabino Jauregui, said at the Thursday hearing that he asked the DOJ if his next two witnesses were FBI sources as well, Kelly noted.
“You know what they told me?” Jauregui said. “Nothing. They don’t know.”
The New York Times has identified the female source as Jen Loh, a former member of “Latinos for Trump.”
Loh, the FBI confidential source, reportedly had 20 to 30 communications with Biggs, his attorney, Norman Pattis, said at the Thursday hearing.
Loh said in a Friday interview that she provided “useful information” about leftist protestors to the FBI, and then informed the bureau about “any type of domestic terrorism — on the right or the left,” the NYT reported.
FBI San Antonio Special Agent Kristina Spindel swore in a Thursday statement Loh had given the FBI information as far back as fall 2019.
Pattis told presiding Judge Timothy Kelly the defense was “very close to a stipulation on as many as eight or nine other” FBI sources.
“There was a complex network of confidential human sources at the government’s disposal,” Pattis said.
“My biggest concern is the fact that we still have confidential human sources who are unknown to us, ” Rehl’s lawyer, Carmen Hernandez, said.
But Judge Kelly shot down a defense subpoena Tuesday for Proud Boys member Kenneth Lizardo. Kelly ruled that Lizardo had “a reporting relationship with the FBI” and had declared his intention to plead the Fifth if called to testify.
Lizardo was an associate of Tarrio who went with him to a Jan. 5, 2021 meeting in Washington, D.C., with Oath Keepers militia group founder Stewart Rhodes.
Rhodes was ultimately convicted on charges of participating in Jan. 6-related seditious conspiracy in November 2022.
According to the NYT, the FBI had up to eight informants within the Proud Boys group in the months surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. That includes a period of time both before and after the event. Former Tennessee Proud Boys chapter leader Matthew Walter told the Times in February that around 20 other group members besides himself had FBI relationships around that time.
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