One night before the attack on the Capitol building on January 6th, agents at the Federal Bureau of Investigation felt it was necessary to alert the Congress that there was a threat of violence.
So they did what any law enforcement official would do: They sent an email. To low-level officials. And zero follow-up.
NBC News reported on the surreal revelation, which came out during today’s Senate hearing on the Capitol riots.
An FBI intelligence report describing plans for violence at the Capitol was sent via email to lower-level officials the night before the Jan. 6 riot, and was never read by Capitol Police or Washington, D.C. leaders, according to testimony at Tuesday’s Senate hearing.
Senators called that “an intelligence breakdown” by both the Capitol Police and the FBI.
Ex-Capitol security chiefs deny ever seeing the FBI email, nor a memo that suggested a violent action was coming. Axios reported:
“The now-former officials responsible for Capitol security on Jan. 6 testified Tuesday that they did not receive an FBI threat report warning that extremists were planning to travel to Washington to commit violence and “war.”
The testimony by former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, former House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving, and former Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger came during the first in a series of congressional oversight hearings that will examine the security and law enforcement failures that led to the Jan. 6 insurrection.”