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Tag: Jan. 6 riot

Rep. Gaetz Tweets That FBI Should Be Defunded While Bureau Investigates Him

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida.

By Steve Neavling

Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is being investigated by the FBI over sex trafficking allegations, suggested in a tweet Wednesday that the bureau should be defunded. 

The Florida Republican then deleted the tweet a minute later.  

“If Democrats want to defund the police, they should start with the FBI,” Gaetz wrote.

The tweet was preserved by ProPublica’s Politwoops.

A Gaetz spokesman told Vice that the congressman “felt it appropriate to remove a jocular tweet taken from a speech some time ago.”

The FBI is investigating whether Gaetz paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl and violated federal sex trafficking laws.

Gaetz also criticized the FBI last week, baselessly claiming that “FBI operatives organized and participated in the January 6th Capitol riot.”

FBI Releases Graphic Videos of Most Violent Assaults on Officers During Jan. 6 Riot

Screenshot of attack on officers at U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI on Thursday released 10 videos showing the most egregious assaults on police officers during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and is asking for the public’s help identifying the attackers. 

The FBI has arrested more than 300 people in connection with the riot, including 65 who assaulted law enforcement officers. But as the videos show, some of the most violent offenders have not yet been identified. 

“The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying 10 individuals suspected of being involved in some of the most violent attacks on officers who were protecting the U.S. Capitol and our democratic process on January 6,” Steven M. D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said in a statement. “These individuals are seen on video committing egregious crimes against those who have devoted their lives to protecting the American people.”

Anyone with information about the suspects in the videos is asked to call (800) CALL-FBI or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.