Ever since the U.S. Capitol riot in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021, online sleuths have looked for answers about a specific video of a man waving at protesters from one of the windows of the Capitol building. The man who was waving wore a dress shirt and tie, leading many to believe he might have been a Republican politician who was sympathetic to supporters of then-U.S. President Donald Trump. One of the most mentioned theories was that the video showed Rep. Paul Gosar, a Republican who had made the false claim that there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 U.S. presidential election:
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— Heather Bucha Whaley (@HeatherWhaley) January 22, 2021
Some Twitter users theorized that the video showed Gosar being yanked away from the window by fellow Republican Rep. Mo Brooks, who also had said he believed the debunked conspiracy theory that there was widespread voter fraud in the election:
Somebody pulled him from the window and possible cameras. That is Paul Gosar/Arizona waving and my bet it is Mo Brooks or one of the other sedition House reps that pulled him from the window. It would not be a staff member that removed Gosar.
— Jaime (@KansasResisters) March 20, 2021
“This Jan. 6 video needs to be investigated,” one popular tweet with thousands of engagements read.
Reps. Biggs and Weber
— ★Kristen Elizabeth★ (@StaarVellocet) March 18, 2021
Texas Republican Rep Randy Weber waving through window at Capitol to the seditionists on Jan 6th
— Sharon – My Vote.My Voice (@Midwest_Voter) June 19, 2021
Finding the Answer
After more than a year of theorizing, the case was finally solved by Twitter user and “sedition hunter” @K2theSky.
In a tweet, @K2theSky said it wasn’t Gosar, Biggs, or Weber waving from the Capitol window, nor was it any other politician. Instead, it simply showed a journalist named Bob Agnew. On Jan. 6, Agnew was a U.S. Senate correspondent for Salem Radio Network news:
Looks like the Senate Wing window waver was
Bob Agnew working as a U.S. Senate Correspondent for Salem Communications
bob.agnew.33 on FB. #SeditionHunters https://t.co/1Pxk330Djk pic.twitter.com/uVVJHNop4T
— K2theSky (@K2theSky) January 24, 2022
In the clips, he was simply following directions from law enforcement to stay put in a specific area of the building. According to all of the videos on his profile from that day, he spent time looking out of the Capitol window while narrating that he was waving at people who were waving and making “menacing signs” at him.
“There you see some supporters down there [for President Trump],” Agnew said in one of the videos. “Some of them are looking up to me. Some think I’m a bad guy. They think I’m a member of, I don’t know, whatever part of the press they don’t like. Some don’t know who I am. Some are waving. Some are making menacing signs. But, here I am, basically trapped in the Senate radio and TV gallery.”
The video even included a glimpse of the empty U.S. Senate floor:
In sum, the man in the video who was waving from the Capitol window on Jan. 6 was Agnew, a journalist, and was not Gosar, Biggs, Weber, or another Republican politician, as previously theorized.
We reached out to Agnew to learn more about what he remembered from that day, including asking him what happened that caused him to jolt backward and away from the window, and will update this story if we receive a response.
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