September 22, 2023

The FBI had so many paid informants at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, that it lost track of the number and had to perform a later audit to determine exactly how many “Confidential Human Sources” run by different FBI field offices were present that day. Steven D’Antuono, formerly in charge of the bureau’s Washington field office, testified to the House Judiciary Committee that “only a handful” of FBI informants the audit discovered were in the crowd that day.

His estimate seems low as the FBI spends an average of $42 million each year in payments to its Confidential Human Sources.

Former Capitol Hill Police Chief Steven Sund has said that, in addition to the paid informants, the FBI had at least 18 undercover agents in the crowd plus an estimated 20 from the Department of Homeland Security.

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