Adam Weibling, a 38-year-old Texas
man, has made no secret of his disdain for the FBI
in recent months, comparing its agents to Nazis
and "terrorists" in a series of conspiracy-laden tweets. His disdain for them no doubt grew on Tuesday when they arrested him for storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
According to court records, FBI agents arrested Weibling in Katy, Texas, on charges of unlawfully entering restricted grounds and engaging in disorderly conduct inside the Capitol; his first virtual appearance in D.C. court is set for June 3.
Weibling can be seen in video recorded by a reporter pushing his way past police
in riot gear to get inside the Capitol around 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, according to an affidavit filed May 19 in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
and signed by an FBI task force officer.
According to the affidavit, Weibling appeared “disheveled” as he walked into the Rotunda of the Capitol after his encounter with the police officer, “often placing his hand on his head as if checking for a wound.”
According to the affidavit, he moved in and out of the Rotunda, frequently interacting with other protesters, until police officers arrived and took control of the crowd.
who recognized Weibling from the reporter's video and separately contacted the FBI on Jan. 19 confirmed Weibling and his wife were in Washington at the time of the attack
Weibling's and his attorney's responses to Stardia's requests for comment were delayed.
Weibling, who used the Twitter
handle @AdamWeibling, is a prolific tweeter, and his tweets between Dec. 22 and Jan. 15 indicated his “skepticism in the results of the election
” and “discontent with Congress
,” according to the FBI. He also tweeted his intention to travel to Washington to participate in the Jan. 6 rally in support of then-President Donald Trump
According to Stardia's analysis of Weibling's tweets, he was a man who frequently engaged with conservative figures and outlets online via baseless rants about the media and a "stolen" election, but drew little if any engagement himself.
“No one was ransacked, people walked around and took pictures, that’s all,” Weibling tweeted around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 6.
“Enough with the hysterics, these people were really peaceful, at worst this was breaking and entering,” he tweeted minutes later, in response to another Twitter user who called the riot “domestic terrorism
“No one from our side was biting, it was breaking and entering, that’s all,” Weibling tweeted the next day, “no one swinging, no one shooting
, no looting, arson, or theft, no biting at all, just civil disobedience.”
Weibling also stated in another tweet that "these people had every right to break into" the Capitol.
At least five people were killed during or shortly after the Capitol riot
, including one police officer, and two other officers who responded to the attack committed suicide
days later. Dozens of other law enforcement officers were injured.
Protesters were seen damaging and stealing Capitol items, including House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
's (D-Calif.) lectern, in video and photos
taken during the attack.
“FBI are terrorists, bunch of scum,” Weibling tweeted on Jan. 12 in response to another Twitter user’s post about the FBI’s hunt for Capitol siege participants.
“The FBI deserves a special place in hell for covering for the elite... for persecuting patriots and allowing deadly actual terrorist riots by [Black Lives Matter
] and Antifa,” he wrote later in a tweet.
Weibling stated in February that "there is nothing inherently wrong with violence."
“Not a single thing,” he wrote in response to a tweet from right-wing commentator Mike Cernovich, adding, “In fact, violence can be beneficial at times.”
More than 400 people have been arrested and charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, with hundreds more likely to follow. The charges against Weibling are less serious, and there is no current evidence that he engaged in any of the more extreme violence he seemed to endorse on social media
Weibling's Twitter attacks on the FBI mirrored the rhetoric of the former president he came to D.C. to support on Jan. 6. Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani
compared FBI special agents to "storm troopers," a reference to Nazi soldiers.
Trump's and his political allies' rhetoric convinced millions of Trump supporters
that the generally conservative-leaning bureau was part of the "deep state" and out to get the former president. The extraordinary attacks on the bureau had real-world consequences: Republican voters
' confidence in the bureau plummeted, and federal prosecutors had to deal
with jury pools in conservative-leaning states.
FBI officials were aware that Trump's attacks would have long-term consequences for the bureau, but they could not have predicted the current scenario, in which the bureau is charged with identifying and arresting the hundreds of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol to prevent President Joe Biden
's election victory from being certified.