Former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Dies, Conspiracy Theorists Pounce

Michael Stenger, who was the U.S. Senate’s Sergeant-at-Arms during the January 6 insurrection riot, died on Monday of undisclosed circumstances.

Stenger, along with Paul Irving, the then House sergeant-of-arms, and Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund all resigned from their roles in the wake of the January 6 attack. The New York Times had reported that both Stenger and Irving had turned down requests for the National Guard to be on stand-by before January 6.

On the same day Stenger died, the Select Committee announced a surprise hearing to be held on Tuesday, to present new evidence and receive witness testimony.

Georgia Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene sparked the conversations about the “coincidence” on Twitter.

Greene’s tweet was shared by some popular QAnon accounts on Telegram.

  • “Stenger testified that there was paid professional agitators on January 6th. Is that what they didn’t want out? I smell desperation,” one QAnon telegram account with nearly 200,000 followers wrote.
  • Another QAnon account with more than 68,000 followers said: “Do you believe in coincidences??? What was Michael going to talk about at the J6 committee meeting tomorrow? Whatever it was…He had to either silence himself, or BE silenced.”

Others on Twitter falsely claimed he was shot, citing unreliable sources.

What has been confirmed is that Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, was named as the witness in the surprise hearing scheduled for 1:00pmET on Tuesday.


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