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CIA Played Key Jan. 6 Roles, Texts Reveal

Newly unearthed communications records show for the first time that the CIA played limited but key roles during the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

Some 88 pages of documents that Judicial Watch shared with Secrets reveal the spy agency put “several” dog teams on alert near the Capitol and that it assigned “bomb techs” to the House side neighborhood where explosive devices were found at Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee headquarters.

The revelations were in heavily redacted documents provided to Judicial Watch, which had sued under the Freedom of Information Act for intelligence communications on Jan. 6, 2021, when pro-Trump supporters went to the Capitol to urge an end to the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory, some violently.

While virtually all federal and city police had some involvement in dispatching the crowds that day, the CIA has remained in the background.


However, the new documents detail intelligence communications chains that noted the agency’s role and presence.

Judicial Watch said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives provided a series of text messages under the heading “January 7 Intel Chain,” in which two separate references to participation by the CIA were made. One said that “two CIA bomb techs” are assisting with “a pipe bomb scene on New Jersey and D ST SE.” Another referenced “several CIA dog teams on standby.”

The government is still searching for who left pipe bombs at the party headquarters.


The texts also showed how initial reporting was sometimes in error, such as regarding the shooting death of Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt inside the Capitol. Judicial Watch recently uncovered a new video of the unarmed ex-Air Force veteran’s killing by a U.S. Capitol Police officer.

Babbitt was shot in the shoulder as she was pushed through a doorway to the Speaker’s Lobby, which is behind the House floor. The texts suggested she was shot in the chest on the House floor. They also said the CIA director was informed.

“Party 1: ‘VP stuck inside last I heard.’ Party 2: ‘Copy.’ Party 1: ‘Capitol PD shot someone dead on house floor. Dead.’ Party 2: ‘Christ. What was the final in the devices real or not [redacted].’ Party 1: ‘Clearing Capitol now with bomb techs. Lots of damage.’ Party 2: ‘Damn that’s scary. So sad. Thx for keeping me in the loop brother. I was able to get I [sic] go to my team and the Director before they heard it from outside sources.’”

The text chain also reported that members of Congress were evacuated to Fort McNair, about 2 miles south of the Capitol: “Capitol has been transferred to Fort McNair,” one said. “It’s an alternate location so they can continue their work.”

“These striking records show that CIA resources were deployed in reaction to the Jan. 6 disturbance,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.

His legal watchdog has led in the investigation of the riots and the government’s reaction to them.

  • Ron Divine says:

    anyone who doesn’t believe these agencies were in on the riot is full of crap! These agencies were more than a part of it, there were agency instigators positioned throughout the volume of people on J6, Nancy Pelosi was so involved she had her daughter there to video record the instance, no one was in danger except Ashli Babbit, and we may never know why she was killed. Was she a patsy, like Oswald?

  • jay says:

    “Republicans are, Republicans are constantly fighting like a boxer with his hands tied behind his back. It’s like a boxer. And we want to be so nice. We want to be so respectful of everybody, including bad people. And we’re going to have to fight much harder.

    And Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us, and if he doesn’t, that will be a, a sad day for our country because you’re sworn to uphold our Constitution.

    Now, it is up to Congress to confront this egregious assault on our democracy. And after this, we’re going to walk down, and I’ll be there with you, we’re going to walk down, we’re going to walk down.

    Anyone you want, but I think right here, we’re going to walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them.

    Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong. We have come to demand that Congress do the right thing and only count the electors who have been lawfully slated, lawfully slated.

    I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.

    Today we will see whether Republicans stand strong for integrity of our elections. But whether or not they stand strong for our country, our country. Our country has been under siege for a long time. Far longer than this four-year period. We’ve set it on a much greater course. So much, and we, I thought, you know, four more years. I thought it would be easy.” Donald J. Trump Jan 6. 2021

    Where’s the call to violence?

    Where’s the “insurrection”???

  • Phoenix says:

    I thought they werent legally allowed to operate on American soil. I guess they need to be dissolved for going beyond their authorize ability to operate. They are now an anti-American agency.



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