A former FBI official affirms to lawmakers that the bureau had individuals providing information on January 6th.

A former top FBI official has told a House panel that the agency’s Washington Field Office learned that FBI informants were involved in the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

The House Judiciary Committee held a recorded interview with Steven D’Antuono, who previously served as the assistant director-in-charge of the Washington Field Office (WFO).

In the interview, Mr. D’Antuono stated that the WFO discovered after the riot that there were confidential sources present from different field offices and that additional informants took part voluntarily.



When questioned by Rep. Jim Jordan, the Judiciary chairman and Ohio Republican, about the presence of Confidential Human Sources (CHS) during the riot, Mr. D’Antuono responded, “I believe there were both known and unknown sources.”

Mr. Jordan replied, “Therefore, you are aware that the FBI had prior knowledge of certain CHSes who were going to be present on January 6th, and there were also unidentified CHSes who independently chose to be here on that day?”

Mr. D’Antuono responded, “Yes, that is what I believe.”

He mentioned that there was a specific source he recalled, which was the Kansas City CHS. He believed that the case agent was aware of the source’s arrival, possibly because the source had informed them beforehand.

“I cannot reword.”

The Washington Times contacted the FBI for a comment but did not receive a response.

Mr. Jordan just sent another letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray reiterating the panel’s requests in a Nov. 30 letter for documents and information about the FBI’s management of its CHS program and how the FBI handles informants.

In July, The Washington Times discovered that an FBI agent who exposed misconduct informed the House Judiciary Committee that Deputy Director Paul Abbate was against publicly acknowledging the involvement of at least 25 FBI confidential human sources or informants in the riots.

Based on the disclosure from the whistleblower to the committee, Mr. Abbate informed his subordinates that it was important not to reveal the identities of confidential human sources. This was partly due to the fact that certain informants posed difficulties or could cause embarrassment if their existence became public knowledge.

Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and a member of the Judiciary Committee, told The Washington Times that the FBI should have known that things were going to escalate at the planned Jan. 6 demonstrations.

Mr. Issa stated that those individuals either had knowledge or should have had knowledge about the situation, and it is possible that one or more of them, in order to maintain their disguise, might have contributed to the escalation of the situation.

“I am unable to reword this text.”

In May, George Hill, an individual who exposed misconduct, from the FBI’s Boston field office, provided testimony to the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government. He stated that agents in Washington declined to share extensive footage of the Capitol protest with other offices.

Mr. Hill stated that agents in Washington were concerned about the possibility of undercover officers or confidential human sources being present in the footage, which could potentially jeopardize their identities.

Marcus Allen, an FBI intel analyst, allegedly was retaliated against for forwarding information that questioned Mr. Wray‘s November testimony to the Senate about whether informants had infiltrated some of the groups responsible for Jan. 6 protest.