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Jan. 6 Rally-Goers Describe Intimidating Visits From the FBI

By Beth Brelje Epoch Times

While many have been arrested for participation in the Jan. 6, 2021 rally in support of President Donald Trump, many others have been questioned by the FBI about their presence there that day. Those who have been questioned say a visit from the FBI is intimidating and made them think twice about speaking their mind politically in the future.

The FBI’s investigation into what happened on that day continues.

The investigation into the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 is ongoing, led by our Washington Field Office. FBI Philadelphia, like field offices across the country, has provided and will continue to provide any assistance requested by Washington Field Office in this matter,” FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski told The Epoch Times in an email.

The Washington Field Office referred The Epoch Times to the Washington U.S. Attorney’s Office for questions such as how many people have been questioned. The office has not responded.

FBI at the Door

Two men knocked on the door of Devon Hart’s Chester County, Pennsylvania home in April, around 7 a.m. and she figured it was the chimney sweep service she had scheduled for that day. They were early, and she was not presentable.

She opened the door to tell them to go around back. They flashed badges at her and told her they were from the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

“I kind of laughed and said, Oh. OK,” Hart told The Epoch Times in a phone interview.

They asked if she was expecting them. “I know you’re visiting everyone who went to the rally,” she said, and invited them to come in from the cold.

She asked to go get dressed and they allowed it. Not wanting to leave her elementary-aged daughter alone with them for long, she ducked into the laundry room, grabbed an outfit, and sent a quick text to her husband, Scott Hart, who was already at work.


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