US Capitol riots: The insurrectionists who say they did nothing wrong

In this special report, ITV News Correspondent Robert Moore looks at who was inside the Capitol building on January 6

As Joe Biden approaches his first 100 days as president next week, the administration has been busy making its mark on the White House - reversing many of Donald Trump's policies.

But what of one of Trump's last and perhaps most defining moments as president?

Three months after a Trump-supporting mob entered the US Capitol and stormed Congress, what is the fallout of the failed insurrection for America?

As the FBI conducts its biggest investigation since 9/11, ITV News has spoken to two insurrectionists who entered the Capitol who maintain they did nothing wrong and have nothing to apologise for.

ITV News Correspondent Robert Moore, who was part of the only TV news crew in the world to enter the Capitol with the mob as it stormed Congress, has spoken exclusively to Joshua Pruitt, a member of the far-right group the Proud Boys, and to David Medina, who shouted "you did this to us" to our camera on the day of the insurrection.

"Should I really go to prison for walking in a building? Come on"

Pruitt is the first and only Proud Boy involved in the riot to sit down for a television interview.

Pruitt leapt over a guard rail to enter the building on January 6, footage from inside shows him at the front the mob that soon clashed with police.

He maintains he wasn't there for violence: "I am not going to put my hands on a police officer. That's not what I was there for. That's not what I was about."

In fact, he maintains he did nothing wrong - despite the long list of charges he faces at trial next month: Civil disorder, obstruction, aiding and abetting destruction of government property entering a restricted building, disorderly disruptive conduct, acts of physical violence.

If convicted, he could be face years in jail. He says it's part of a "narrative".

"They want people to pay. They're throwing a bunch of crap against the wall and seeing how much of it will stick."

Asked if he's frightened it's going to stick to him, Pruitt says "no" - and he's not frightened of going to jail either.

"Should I really go to prison for walking in a building? Come on."

'People want to call the Proud Boys racist? They're not the KKK'

He blames that same "narrative" for what the Proud Boys have widely become known as - far right extremists. Indeed, in Canada the group is classed as a terrorist organisation.

"They're literally just a group of conservatives is what they are," he claims.

"They might be a little bit more further right than some. But you know, the thing is you want to call or people want to call the proud boys, racist. You know, they're not the KKK."

Pruitt says because the Proud Boys isn't all white in its membership - it cannot be racist.

On January 6, Robert Moore and his team were the only network news crew  to enter the Capitol with the mob who stormed the building. Credit: ITV News

'I was under the impression that we were all peacefully protesting'

That sense of disillusion is something mirrored by the words of pro-Trump Republican David Medina.

Having entered the Capitol, he screamed down the lens of the ITV camera: "We were normal, good, law abiding citizens and you guys did this to us!"

Medina has not been arrested for his actions on January 6.

He says he was "under the impression that we were all peacefully protesting" on that day.

'We were law, abiding people - still are'

"It didn’t pertain to any of the violence that was going on, or any kind of insurrection," he says of what he said on January 6.

"We were law, abiding people still are. And the government did this to us, meaning the government got us to get up, get off our butts and get politically active."

He claims had he "known that the violence was going on," and that officers were being assaulted and "that people had broken into that building" - he would have left.

It's unclear how he thinks people would have gained access to the building without having broken in.

"I don't fear it [being arrested]. You know, I'm a big believer in God and God's plan and what he has, what he has planned for me or in my life. So, I don't live in fear."

'For some reason, I don't know why, the media wants to see the country go to hell'

He says the responsibility lies instead with the American media - and he blames them for "spinning" January 6 as "some big insurrection". Something he says is false.

"There's a lot more unity than you think and the media is what keeps us divided."

Medina tries to compare left wing protests with the right wing January 6 riot.

He claims leftist violence is more threatening than those on the right and that a "double standard" is at play.

But that is simply untrue, according to some independent security analysts.

'I see the comparison as a false comparison and one that we should not even be having'

Former Assistant Director of the FBI, Frank Figiluzzi firmly rejects the comparison.

"Black Lives Matter was a response to excessive use of force by police officers - peaceful protests that turned into a criminal element, hijacking a peaceful protest and committing acts of vandalism and even violence.

"Comparing that to domestic terrorists, who decided to attack our iconic symbol of democracy, with the objective of overturning a valid presidential election?

"I see the comparison as a false comparison and one that we should not even be having."

“Without a doubt, the biggest concern right now is the lone offender"

The former FBI boss says America should instead be focusing on who exactly is a threat to the country - and how they can be properly tracked.

And it is an internal threat Mr Figiluzzi says is most pressing: "The threat is us".

"The role of social media is so prominent in radicalisation right now that the FBI cannot possibly sort through hundreds of thousands or millions of posts and videos and tweets and determine who is aspirational," says Mr Figiluzzi.

"Who's the guy sitting on his couch, eating potato chips and posting about something he'll never do. And who is the person who's going to move down that pathway to violence?

"That is an overwhelming challenge right now and that makes it particularly tough to identify the next lone offender".

ITV News cameras followed the insurrectionists into the Capitol building and through the hallowed halls. Credit: ITV News

That the insurrectionists feel emboldened, however, is not the sole responsibility of the individuals involved on January 6 - and interviewed by ITV.

"These people are victims," says Imran Ahmed of the Centre for Digital Hate.

"They've been preached misinformation, they have fallen for it, and they are the ones who pay the price."

The real perpetuators, Mr Ahmed says, are the people behind that misinformation.

We risk blaming misled individuals "for the bad actions of violent extremists, of groomers, of organisers and people like Donald Trump who took advantage of the misinformation to try and gain political advantage for himself."

After the Storm: America's Enemy Within? is broadcast on ITV on Sunday 25 April at 10.25pm