On Wednesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray faced grilling from Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) regarding the plot by FBI agents to blend in with crowds during the protest at the Capitol on January 6th, 2021. This prompted a Democrat on the committee to complain and request that the Republican committee chair silence Higgins’ microphone.
During the interrogation, Rep. Higgins, known for his direct approach, was inquiring about the FBI’s potential use of unmarked vehicles, referred to as “ghost buses”, to transport agents on January 6th when a Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee interrupted proceedings to raise a point of order to Chairman Mark Green (R-TN).
Here is the transcript from Wednesday’s hearing:
Rep. Clay Higgins: Rep. Higgins: However it is far more threatening to our republic if our own government facilitates criminal invasion, and it is incredibly threatening to our citizenry if our government’s highest levels of law enforcement coordinate organized campaigns of weaponized oppression, harassment, investigation, arrest, and prosecution and imprisonment of free Americans. That, Mr. Chairman, is the primary threat our homeland indeed faces today…
…Director Wray, last year, you might recall, sir, our exchange regarding the FBI’s involvement on January 6 and prior. I’m happy to jog your memory, to quote, according to the record, I asked you, “Did you have confidential human sources dressed as Trump supporters positioned inside the Capitol on January 6, prior to the doors being open?” You responded, I quote again, “I have to be very careful of what I say,” to which I said, “It should be a no!” Can you not tell the American people, no, we did not have confidential human sources dressed as Trump supporters positioned inside the Capitol on January 6.
A year has passed. We sit here again, a year later. We, the people, still do not have a definitive answer from you or anyone else in the Biden administration regarding the FBI presence and participation in the months leading up to the November election and in the weeks and days prior to January 6 and on January 6 here in DC. We can’t get a straight answer, although we have a tremendous amount of evidence harvested and reviewed over the course of the last year, which you will see…
In September. Stephen D’Antuono, formerly in charge of the FBI’s field office in Washington, DC, testified to the House Judiciary Committee that he was aware that FBI informants would attend the Stop the Steal rally thrown on January 6. You confirm that the FBI had confidential human sources at the Stop the steel rally on January 6 here in DC, sir?
FBI Director Chris Wray: Congressman, as we’ve discussed before, I’m not going to get into where we have or have not used confidential human sources. But what I…
Rep. Higgins: Okay, we’ll move on… It’s my time. You said no. You’re not going to answer. That’s cool. We’re watching… Your moment will come. This is my time.
Earlier this year, an FBI informant who is reported to have, quote, his, quote, under oath, marched to the US Capitol with fellow Proud Boys members on January 6, close quote, he said he was communicating with his FBI handler while people were entering the US Capitol. Can you confirm that the FBI had that sort of engagement with your own agents embedded within to the crowd on January 6th?
Chris Wray: If you are asking whether the violence at the Capitol on January 6 was part of some operation orchestrated by FBI sources and or agents, the answer is emphatically…
Rep. Higgins: You’re saying no?… Are you familiar with, you know what a ghost vehicle is, Director? Director of the FBI certainly should. Do you know what a ghost bus is?
Chris Wray: A ghost bus?
Rep. Higgins: A ghost bus.
Chris Wray: I’m not sure I’ve used that term before.
Rep. Higgins: Okay. It’s pretty common in law enforcement. It’s a vehicle that’s used for secret purposes. It’s painted over. These two buses, in the middle here, they were the first to arrive at Union Station on January 6, 0500. I have all this evidence. I’m showing you a tip of this iceberg… These two buses were painted completely white.
Higgins is then interrupted by Rep. Glenn Ivey (D-MD)].
The committee allowed Higgins to wrap up with a final warning.
Rep. Higgins continued: These buses are nefarious in nature and were filled with FBI informants, dressed as Trump supporters, deployed unto our Capitol on January 6. Your day is coming.