Former U.S. Capitol Police Commander Challenges 'Insurrection' Narrative

Written By BlabberBuzz | Friday, 15 December 2023 04:30 PM
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In a recent social media post, former U.S. Capitol Police Lieutenant Tarik Johnson has publicly reiterated his belief that the events of January 6, 2021, were not an insurrection.

His comments were in response to remarks made by Vivek Ramaswamy during a CNN townhall event in Iowa.

"Vivek Ramaswamy got a lot right in this interview," Johnson began his post. "I’ve been saying publicly for a year that J6 was not an insurrection but not many people would listen."

Johnson, who was the Commander that ordered and led the evacuations of the Senate and the House during the breach, further elaborated on his experience that day. He recounted how he had to plead with former Assistant Chief Yogananda Pittman for permission to initiate the evacuation, while she was in the Commander Center observing the unfolding events on CCTV. Meanwhile, Chief Steven A Sund was securing National Guard approval and assistance from local law enforcement agencies.

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Johnson claimed that Pittman "flat out ignored me," which compelled him to proceed with the evacuations without her consent. Three days later, he reported Pittman’s conduct to Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Shortly after, he was informed by the USCP internal affairs section that he was suspended.

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"The suspension lasted for 17 months and I was under a USCP gag order not to speak about the events of January 6, 2021 to the media until I separated from the Department," Johnson wrote. He was required to stay at home from 8 am to 4 pm on weekdays and was prohibited from leaving his property without notifying the USCP, under threat of disciplinary action, including termination.

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Johnson also criticized USCP Chief J Thomas Manger, whom he described as "arguably the most corrupt politician in the country," alleging that Manger was brought in to cover up the facts surrounding the events of January 6.

In his post, Johnson offered to provide more facts to Ramaswamy to counter the insurrection narrative. In response, Ramaswamy commented, "This is wild."

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During the townhall event, Ramaswamy expressed his skepticism about the official narrative surrounding the events of January 6. He stated, "If you had told me that January 6 was in any way an inside job the subject of government entrapment, I would have told you that was crazy talk, fringe conspiracy theory nonsense."

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Ramaswamy went on to question the credibility of the government, citing instances where he believes the public was misled, including the origin of COVID-19 and the Hunter Biden laptop controversy. He also raised questions about the presence of federal law enforcement agents during the January 6 events.

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"So why before Congress, when pressed on what the number was, they [FBI] didn't say there were none they just couldn't say how many there were?" Ramaswamy asked. He also queried why Congress suppressed footage from the day, releasing only a fraction of the hundreds of hours in existence, including footage showing police firing rubber bullets into the crowd and deploying tear gas.

Ramaswamy's comments were met with applause from the audience, despite host Abby Phillip's interjection that there was no evidence to support his claims.

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