Rep. Andy Biggs echoes conspiracy theory blaming FBI for Jan. 6 riot

FBI Director Christopher Wray tells NPR that the bureau will keep working on its sprawling investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol “no matter how long it takes.”Claire Harbage/NPR

By Ronald J. Hansen | Arizona Republic

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., takes the stage to help out Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., at the “America First” fundraiser event in Mesa on May 22, 2021.

Rep. Andy Biggs is boosting a conspiracy theory spreading in conservative circles that the FBI may have helped instigate the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, echoing a report on Fox News last week.

Biggs, R-Ariz., noted FBI Director Christopher Wray didn’t give credence to such allegations during a recent appearance before the House Judiciary Committee. Even so, Biggs said he wanted more information about the FBI’s possible role.

Like most House Republicans, Biggs voted in May against creating a bipartisan commission to investigate the origins of the Jan. 6 riot, saying it would be a political move to blame Republicans and former President Donald Trump. That effort passed in the House of Representatives but failed in the Senate.

Appearing Tuesday on conservative commentator Charlie Kirk’s radio show, Biggs was asked about allegations that were laid out last week by Fox News pundit Tucker Carlson suggesting unindicted co-conspirators in the probe of the Capitol riot could be people working with the FBI.

“It truly demands answers,” Biggs told Kirk. “It is actually very troublesome to hear what’s out there and we need to get to the bottom of that.


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