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Beware unnamed sources

September 8, 2021

I have seen efforts in quite a few places to downplay the investigations into Trump’s attempted coups, on the basis of a Reuters report in late August that the FBI had found that legal liability didn’t extend above the various bozos and dupes who actually stormed the Capitol. The article was based on claims made by “four current and former law enforcement officials.” Unnamed.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy picked up on that, both the reporting and the effort. Causing Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney, heads of the House investigation committee, to make inquiries with the federal departments concerned. Now we have named sources, with legitimate and known route of information, making an official statement:

When this anonymous report was first published, the Select Committee queried the Executive Branch agencies and congressional committees involved in the investigation. We’ve received answers and briefings from the relevant entities, and it’s been made clear to us that reports of such a conclusion are baseless.

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