Well this is an interesting development (emphasis mine):
“As scores of Proud Boys made their way, chanting and shouting, toward the Capitol on Jan. 6, one member of the far-right group was busy texting a real-time account of the march.
“The recipient was his FBI handler.”
“In the middle of an unfolding melee that shook a pillar of American democracy — the peaceful transfer of power — the bureau had an informant in the crowd, providing an inside glimpse of the action… In the informant’s version of events, the Proud Boys, famous for their street fights, were largely following a pro-Trump mob consumed by a herd mentality rather than carrying out any type of preplanned attack.”
I’m kinda dubious about this. The accounts I read said that the Proud Boys got to the Capitol and peeled off, which sounds like a command and control center, while they let the mouth breathers then ran amok. It’s not like a disciplined attack with well-trained personnel and strategic plans. But what I don’t understand at all is that if they had a live informant, why didn’t they alert anyone to send in reinforcements?
Of course EVERYONE with a Twitter was watching it unfold in real time, so maybe this is not as egregious as it sounds?