He reposted footage from surveillance cameras during the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021 (congress) “Conspiracy theories” in the United States have been accused of being promoted by conservative media figures and officials through social media platforms.
Influential figures including Republican Senator Mike Lee and Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene said cameras captured a scene in which a man wearing a hat that read ” “Make America Great Again” hat, a movement started by the former US president. Donald Trump He was wearing a badge identifying him as a law enforcement officer, AFP reported.
Mike Lee, who represents Utah, posted on the “X” platform, “I can’t wait to ask FBI Director Christopher Wray about this at the next hearing.”
AFP reported that the man in the video was a Trump supporter from Chicago. The video was released after Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson ordered the release of more than 40,000 hours of video surveillance captured during events at the Capitol.
Kevin Lyons, identifiable by his clothing, was working as an air conditioning repairman when he was sentenced in July to more than four years in prison, court documents show. He was one of more than 1,200 people arrested and convicted on six charges in connection with the riots.
Court documents show Lyons filmed himself in the office of the then-U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi As well as a framed photo he had stolen from his office, he placed a wallet in his pocket and described the two officers as Nazis.
He also appears in other videos from January 6, 2021, carrying an e-cigarette instead of a badge.
Some allegations suggest that the use of the word “Lyons” has become material in the context of misleading information, a move that experts say is intended to whitewash Trump’s image and his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election in which Democrats won. Joe Biden.
Another man charged in connection with the Capitol attack, Ray Epps, comes after former Fox News reporter Tucker Carlson claimed Epps was a man dedicated to hunting down Trump supporters An FBI agent filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox News in July.
Regarding the accusations, the FBI provided testimony to AFP in which Wray recently claimed the FBI did not coordinate the violence.
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Reacting to Lee’s statement, former Republican Rep. Adam Kinziger, a member of the congressional committee investigating the Capitol attack, said: “This is an idiot with no facts. This is e-cigarettes.”
Congresswoman Marjorie Greene and others who amplified the accusations against Lyon, including the far-right website Gateway Pundit, also backed down after reporters and digital investigators confirmed his identity.
Kevin Rubin, a senior fellow at the Chicago Threat and Security Project, said his team’s analysis of more than 1,130 cases found no evidence that FBI agents incited any of the defendants to carry out the attacks.
Another video showed a man’s handcuffs being removed, sparking accusations that he was an undercover officer until he was identified as one of the rioters charged in October for allegedly attacking police.
A Capitol security source told AFP it was “wrong” that federal employees were those who incited the attack.
The vice president of democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States said the blame lies with Trump, who downplayed the significance of the events as he prepares to appear in court next March on charges of conspiring to overturn the election results. 2020 election.
Michael Jensen of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism at the University of Maryland said such accusations will “certainly” continue. “All of this falls within a broader framework of rewriting the history of that day,” he added, diminishing the seriousness of the crimes committed and bolstering the campaigns of the former president and his allies. “
New Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Mike Johnson announced on Friday that more than 40,000 hours of video surveillance were captured during the January 6, 2021, attack on the building. House of Parliament They will be posted on a website, and Trump later welcomed the decision to release the tapes, saying they would “reveal what really happened.”
Congressional committee investigates attacks by supporters of former Republican president Donald Trump In Congress, I reviewed thousands of hours of surveillance footage.
Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, said
A House committee also recommended charging Trump, the favorite to win the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election, with insurrection and other crimes related to the Capitol riots.