COPS were not properly warned about the threat of an armed attack despite intelligence agencies being aware of the risk weeks before the Capitol riot, says a damning new report.
Agencies, including the FBI, knew that Trump supporters were talking online about storming the US Capitol and urging others to “bring your guns,” states a bipartisan report released on Tuesday.
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The federal agencies failed to tell law enforcement that pro-Trump extremists were threatening violence, wanted to target Democratic lawmakers, and were looking to infiltrate the tunnel system under the Capitol, it adds.
An FBI memo published a day before the January 6 attack stated that people were traveling to Washington DC for “war” but it never reached top law enforcement officials, the New York Times reports.
They had failed to act after reading comments on a pro-Trump website such as “this is do or die. Bring your guns.”
“If they [cops] don’t show up, we enter the Capitol as the Third Continental Congress and certify the Trump Electors,” another comment read.
The 127-page document is the first Congressional report on the events of January 6 and provides a detailed account of the failures in properly preparing Capitol law enforcement.
“The failure to adequately assess the threat of violence on that day contributed significantly to the breach of the Capitol,” said Senator Gary Peters.
“The attack was quite frankly planned in plain sight.”
“The failures are obvious,” added Senator Amy Klobuchar.
“To me, it was all summed up by one of the officers who was heard on the radio that day asking a tragically simple question: ‘Does anybody have a plan?’ Sadly, no one did.”
After the release of the report, Capitol police claimed that there was still no was of knowing that the Trump rally on the morning of January 6 would turn into an attack on congressional buildings.
It did admit that it needed to improve on the way it collects and shares intelligence.
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“Before Jan. 6, the Capitol Police leadership knew Congress and the Capitol grounds were to be the focus of a large demonstration attracting various groups, including some encouraging violence,” the statement said.
It added that “neither the U.S.C.P., nor the F.B.I., U.S. Secret Service, Metropolitan Police or our other law enforcement partners knew thousands of rioters were planning to attack the U.S. Capitol.
“The known intelligence simply didn’t support that conclusion.”