UPDATE: an unknown party has released selections of the video in question, which is embedded at the bottom of this article (backup here)
We now have confirmation from the Department of Justice about some of the questionable statements made by undercover officers on January 6th. As I reported last month, undercover officers in the Metropolitan Police's (MPD) Electronic Surveilance Unit (ESU) deployed at the Capitol on January 6th captured themselves making concerning statements. These statements include at least one of the officers encouraging members of the crowd to utilize a staircase to bypass the police line.
The DOJ has confirmed some of these statements in a filing today:
...GoPro video recorded by an MPD Police Officer who was stationed at the Capitol in an evidence-gathering capacity, captures the officer shouting words to the effect of “Go! Go! Go!” (MPD-005-000035 at time stamp 2:37), “Go! Go! Go!” (MPD-005-000035 at time stamp 7:23), and “Keeping going! Keep going!” (MPD-005-000035 at time stamp 8:16) apparently to the individuals in front of him on the
balustrade of the U.S. Capitol’s northwest staircase around 2:15 p.m. At other times in these videos, the officer and the two other plain clothes officers with him appear to join the crowd around them in various chants, to include “drain the swamp,” “U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.!”, and “whose house? Our house!”
These revelations are part of a dispute between the DOJ and pro-se defendant William Pope regarding discovery. Pope originally included the quotes from the undercover officer as part of an argument that statements made to him by a U.S. Attorney were inaccurate or based on incomplete information. Pope quoted the following claim from the government:
We are not aware of individuals encouraging people on January 6 to move towards or into the Capitol, or to do things that have been charged as crimes who were doing so on behalf of any U.S. local, state, or federal government agency ororganization. (November 11, 2022 email from Mr. Crawford)
As the now confirmed quotes show, at least one of the officers was "encouraging people...to move towards...the Capitol". And more than that: the statements made by the undercover officer: "Go! Go! Go!" and "Keep going! Keep going!" were made at a critical location and time.
At around 2:15pm, the main body of police in riot gear on the West Side of the Capitol were still deployed in a line across the West Plaza between the NW and SW staircases. The people who would have heard the officer from the foot of the NW staircase were able to use that set of stairs to bypass that main police force, and gain access to multiple unguarded entrances on the Upper Terrace. Just minutes before, the police on the staircase had retreated after a series of reverses including the aftermath of pushing Derrick Vargo off a ledge.
People who climbed up this NW staircase include the rioters who initiated the first breach of the Capitol by smashing the windows by the Senate Wing Door just minutes earlier. See this tweet thread for some of the key events which occurred on this same staircase, leading the breach of the Capitol.