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Ex-FBI agent who feds say urged Jan. 6 rioters to kill police worked terrorism task force

Jared Wise was part of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and was supervisory special agent in charge of the Homegrown Violent Extremism unit.

An ex-FBI official who allegedly urged rioters to "kill" officers during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was previously the supervisory special agent in charge of Homegrown Violent Extremism for the FBI New York Field Office's Joint Terrorism Task Force, a senior law enforcement official told NBC News.

Jared Wise was arrested in Oregon this week, charged with four misdemeanor counts. After he entered the Capitol and exited through a broken window, an FBI affidavit alleges, Wise yelled at officers outside the Capitol.

"You’re disgusting. You are the Nazi. You are the Gestapo. You can’t see it," he yelled, according to the bureau. "Shame on you! Shame on you! Shame on you!”

Jared Wise.
Jared Wise.U.S. District Court Washington

As officers were knocked down in front of him, Wise turned toward the violence and started yelling again, according to the FBI.

“Yeah, f--- them! Yeah, kill ’em!” Wise said, according to the FBI. “Kill ’em! Kill ’em! Kill ’em!”

Wise, according to a senior law enforcement official, served in the homegrown violent extremism role from 2014 to 2017.

The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Wise's former position. His lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A former law enforcement official said that on paper, Wise looked impressive and had good knowledge but that he struggled as a leader.

He was a loner, and his supervisors found him difficult to manage, the source said.

Wise brought his dog, a large Husky, to work and had to be told several times that animals weren't allowed in his office in a federal building, the official said.

“He should be held to a higher standard because he knew better than anybody else what he was doing,” the source said.

Several current and former law enforcement officials, along with military veterans and active members of the military, have been arrested in connection with the attack on the U.S. Capitol in 2021. In an email sent to a top FBI official after the attack and obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, someone familiar with the bureau's operations warned that many within the bureau were “sympathetic” to the mob.

One military veteran, Jose Padilla, was convicted on 10 counts Wednesday. Padilla repeatedly attacked officers on Jan. 6 and then bragged about his actions on "TheDonald," a pro-Trump forum.