A handful of GOP members of Congress demanded renewal of the January 6 pipe bomb investigation in a letter addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray late Wednesday. The letter reveals that the FBI used nearby surveillance to identify the license plate numbers of the vehicles the suspect was seen entering. Although this key information is reportedly in the possession of the bureau, the FBI has not named a suspect at the time of this report.
On January 5, 2021, an unidentified man is seen placing two pipe bombs near the headquarters of the Republican National Committee (RNC) and Democratic National Committee (DNC) in Washington, DC
While FBI whistleblower Kyle Seraphin later revealed that the bureau was aware the device was inoperable, the incident has been repeatedly referred to by left-wing entities as an example of domestic terrorism by Trump supporters. Given the DOJ Biden’s aggressive prosecution of the January 6 protesters — hundreds of whom have already been sentenced to prison terms for simple misconduct charges — the department and FBI appear to be in no rush to find the pipe bomb suspect.
In a letter Wednesday, US Representatives Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Bill Posey (R-FL) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) demanded renewal of the FBI’s investigation of the incident. “As part of our surveillance investigation into a pipe bomb placed near the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee on January 5, 2021. At the start of the 118th Congress on January 17, 2023, we repeated this request. To date, you have failed to comply,” the letter read.
#NEWS: @Jim_Jordan, @RepAndyBiggsAZAnd @congbillposey Press the FBI for Information on the January 6 Pipe Bomb Investigation.
A former assistant director of the FBI observed, “[i]t just doesn’t add up. . . [t]this is too much to work on not knowing who this person is. pic.twitter.com/ZVpwEkhS0r
— GOP Home Justice (@GOP Judiciary) May 24, 2023
The committee requested a briefing after the FBI’s senior rapporteur raised questions and concerns about the “unusual” nature of the FBI’s investigation into the matter. According to the whistleblower disclosures, the FBI Washington Field Office asked field office officials to check all classified human resources nationwide for information about crimes and suspects more than a year after the bombs were placed. FBI officials requested the canvas “include all reporting sources [types of] threats” as “the suspect’s motives and ideology remain unknown.”
“Your failure to comply with our request is deeply concerning in light of recent media reports regarding the pipe bomb investigation,” the letter continued.
According to at least one report from a former FBI agent working on the case, the letter explains, the FBI connected the suspected pipe bomber to a MetroRail SmarTrip card that the suspect used to travel through the DC metro system to a stop in Northern. Virginia.
The FBI then used security camera footage from the Northern Virginia metro stop to identify the license plates of the cars the suspects entered. So far, the FBI has not identified a suspect in the case.
One of the former assistant directors of the FBI observed “it is inappropriate,” according to the letter. “Too much to do to not know who this person is.”
“The slow progress of the FBI investigation into the January 6 pipe bombing raises significant concerns about the FBI’s prioritization of the case in relation to other January 6 investigations,” wrote Jordan, Biggs and Posey. “Therefore, we reiterate our extraordinary request that you provide this briefing as soon as possible, but no later than June 7, 2023.”