FBI Warned Congress Of Right-Wing Violence Before Jan. 6 But Capitol Police Leaders Never Saw Report

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An intelligence report from the FBI sent days before the insurrection warning of the potential for right-wing violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was never seen by Capitol Police leaders who had the authority to act on it, according to testimony from Tuesday’s Senate hearing.

Via Mother Jones:

During the joint hearing by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs and Senate Rules Committee, former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned under pressure in the immediate aftermath of the insurrection, said that it was “a clear lack of accurate and complete intelligence” that led to the breach of the Capitol, and “not poor planning by the Capitol Police.” 

But he also revealed to lawmakers that it wasn’t until after the attack that he learned his officers had received a report from the FBI that detailed specific calls for violence around the Capitol on the 6th. Sund said that it was only in the last 24 hours before the hearing that he learned from the FBI that the USCP had actually received their report. 

According to the Washington Post, the FBI’s field office in Norfolk issued an explicit warning to law enforcement agencies that violent extremists were preparing for a “war” in DC on January 6th. Sund explained to lawmakers that an officer on the task force formed to handle the protest on the 6th had received the memo and forwarded it to a sergeant who was working intelligence for the USCP, but that the memo wasn’t made aware to him or any other supervisors. “How could you not get that vital intelligence?” Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, asked Sund incredulously. 

Mother Jones reported that this was on of several intelligence and operational failures that Sund and the former House and Senate Sergeants at arms blamed for the lack of preparedness on Jan. 6.

Tuesday’s hearing is the first of several planned investigations into the security and operational failures that led to the deadly breach , in which five people were killed, including a Capitol police officer. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who chairs the Senate Rules Committee, asked pointed questions to the witnesses about the security failures that contributed to the deadly breach of the Capitol. “There is a clear agreement that this was a planned insurrection and that there was an intelligence breakdown,” Klobuchar said in her closing statements, noting it’s “very disturbing on both ends.” 

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