The truth is, it’s the Justice Department’s policy to not identify unindicted co-conspirators “within the absence of some vital justification.” (Former President Richard Nixon was famously named as an unindicted co-conspirator by a grand jury within the Watergate case, whereas former President Donald J. Trump was effectively labeled one in a marketing campaign finance violations case.)
Mr. Carlson pointed to the indictment of Thomas Edward Caldwell, a 65-year-old Virginia resident whom charging paperwork described as an apparent leader of the far-right Oath Keepers group. Mr. Carlson claimed that unnamed individuals talked about in his indictment have been “nearly actually working for the F.B.I.”
The indictment does point out a number of unnamed folks. One in every of them — “Particular person 1” — is described within the charging paperwork because the chief of the Oath Keepers, extensively recognized to be Stewart Rhodes. However there isn’t a proof Mr. Rhodes is an F.B.I. informant.
The charging paperwork describe “Particular person 2” taking selfies with Mr. Caldwell collectively on the Capitol. Because the Washington Publish reported, that particular person might discuss with Mr. Caldwell’s spouse. Mr. Caldwell posted a photograph of himself and his spouse on the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Mr. Carlson additionally famous that a plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan final 12 months concerned F.B.I. operatives. That’s true. However the operatives are usually not listed as “unindicted co-conspirators.” Somewhat, the criminal complaint refers to “confidential human sources” and “undercover staff.”
Equally, within the Capitol riot circumstances, F.B.I. informants have been described as “confidential source,” “confidential human source” or just “informant,” whereas brokers have been described as “performing in an undercover capacity.”
And Mr. Carlson cited potential entrapment circumstances in terrorism prosecutions documented within the guide “The Terror Manufacturing facility” by the journalist Trevor Aaronson, including, “That’s what we’re seeing now.”