Michael Stenger’s death ahead of surprise Jan 6 hearing sparks conspiracy theories
Michael Stenger, former Senate sergeant-in-arms died Thursday
Circumstances of Stenger’s death are yet to become clear
The committee probing Jan 6 riots has announced a ‘surprise hearing’
Michael Stenger, the former Senate sergeant-in-arms died Tuesday, according to news reports. Reports of Stenger’s death came on the heels of the January 6 committee announcing that newly-obtained evidence has led to the need for a “surprise hearing” on Tuesday. Stenger, who was 71 years old at the time of his death, was the sergeant-in-arms when the Capitol riots took place on January 6, 2021 following Joe Biden getting elected President of the United States of America.
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Stenger, along with Paul Irving, the erstwhile House sergeant-of-arms and Capitol police chief Steven Sund, had resigned after their roles in the Capitol riots came under question. The law enforcement officials were accused of being under-prepared ahead of the riot. According to an old New York Times report, Stenger and Irving had rejected a Capitol police request to have the National Guard on standby ahead of the fated January 6 morning.
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While the circumstances of Stenger’s death remain unclear, the timing of his death has made social media conspiracy theorists sit up and ask: “Coincidence?” William LeGate, a tech entrepreneur, wrote on Twitter sharing a news report about the former cop’s death.
Marjorie Taylor-Greene, someone often accused of spreading far-right conspiracy theories, has also appeared to suggest that there is something suspicious about Stenger’s death, according to a Newsweek report.
Taylor-Greene shared a tweet stating how Stenger died along with a video of Stenger’s testimony to a Senate committee in February 2021 about the Capitol riot. In his testimony, Stenger had suggested the role of “professional agitators” in the January 6 riots.
Stenger had said: “There is an opportunity to learn lessons from the events of January 6th…Investigations should be considered as to funding and travel of what appears to be professional agitators. First Amendment rights should always be considered in conjunction with professional investigations.”
Michael Stenger had a long stint of nearly 35 years with the Secret Service. During this time, he worked in Washington DC, New York, and Newark, in “protective, investigative and staff assignments.”