They interviewed pro-Trump extremists and followed them into the Capitol. The two — who view themselves as gonzo journalists in the image of the late Hunter S. Thompson — paused for a photograph in front of a door where someone had scrawled “Murder the Media.” They identified themselves as reporters to police, who didn’t stop them, NeCarlo said.

“One did ask us when we were going to leave,” he said later by phone. “We said we’ll leave when we’re done reporting on it — when we’ve got our scoop.”

But there was less journalism and more far-right sentiment evident in video the two men soon posted: “Congress stopped the vote when we stormed the Capitol. As we’ve been saying all day: We came here to stop the steal,” says Ochs.

“We did it!” NeCarlo replied. “That’s what I came down here to do. That’s what we did.”