World House Democrats launch investigation into Capitol riot security failures
The insurrection is happening at state capitols, too
Across the country, protesters have rallied outside, as well as inside, state capitol buildings over Trump’s false claims of voter fraud.Just hours after Trump encouraged the crowd at a rally to “take our country back” and his lawyer Rudy Guiliani suggested “trial by combat,” hundreds of people clad in Trump-emblazoned gear and carrying Confederate flags climbed the steps of the building, breached barricades, broke windows, and entered the halls of the Capitol — an insurrection that threatened the lives of lawmakers inside.
Four US House committees have jointly opened an investigation into what law enforcement and intelligence agencies knew about the potential for violence against Congress in the days and weeks leading up to the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.
“Security and logistical preparations before January 6 were not consistent with the prospect of serious and widespread violence,” reads a Saturday letter cosigned by the chairs of the Intelligence Committee (Adam Schiff, D-CA), Homeland Security Committee (Bennie Thompson, D-MS), Oversight Committee (Carolyn Maloney, D-NY), and Judiciary Committee (Jerry Nadler, D-NY).
The last time a mob stormed the Capitol was during the War of 1812. Here's what happened when the British invaded Washington.
A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday in a riot that left four people dead. It was the first mass breach of the Capitol since the War of 1812. On August 24, 1814, British forces invaded Washington, DC, and burned the Capitol and the White House. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday, forcing members of Congress to evacuate a joint session certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The letter was addressed to the leaders of the FBI, National Counterterrorism Center, Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
“Yet, according to media accounts that have surfaced in recent days, federal and other authorities earlier on possessed — and may have shared with some parties — intelligence and other information forecasting a dire security threat against the Congress’s meeting to certify the election results,” the letter continues. “These latter reports, if acted upon, might have prompted more extensive planning for the event, and the infusion of far greater security and other resources.”
Four House Cmtes have opened a joint review of the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan 6:
I was a journalist on the ground at Capitol Hill yesterday. Here's what it was actually like watching rioters storm the building right in front of me.
Andrew Denney is a 36-year-old Brooklyn-based journalist who was on the ground in Washington DC yesterday as rioters stormed the US Capitol building. He describes the chaos, anger, and oddly festive mood of the mob of Trump devotees who broke windows, kicked down doors, and scaled walls to enter the building. "It was eye-popping to witness the acrimony that Trump supporters, part of a movement that has shown strong support for law enforcement, had for the Capitol Police," Denney says. One Trump supporter Denney spoke to said he hoped the siege would remind Congress and the Senate that the Capitol is "our house.
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They’ve asked relevant agencies for documents and briefings to conduct the review:— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp)
The letter, which asks for “relevant documents” and other information from the agencies, comes one day after the Washington Postof a memo from the Capitol Police’s intelligence division warning of violence on January 6.
The memo,, cautioned that the pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” event protesting Congress finalizing Trump’s Electoral College loss to President-elect Joe Biden could turn violent — a warning that apparently went unheeded.
“Supporters of the current president see January 6, 2021, as the last opportunity to overturn the results of the presidential election,” the memo read, according to a portion seen by the Post. “This sense of desperation and disappointment may lead to more of an incentive to become violent. Unlike previous post-election protests, the targets of the pro-Trump supporters are not necessarily the counter-protesters as they were previously, but rather Congress itself is the target on the 6th.”
How Trump’s internet built and broadcast the Capitol insurrection
Online extremists started planning the chaos of January 6 months ago.With a triumphant soundtrack, the video features President Trump at a rally declaring, “We will never give in. We will never give up, and we will never back down. We will never ever surrender.” It urges people to register to attend on a website, WildProtest.com, directing them to get to the Capitol building by 1 pm on the day of the event. The website even offered to help people find rides to get there.
But despite this and other warnings, including a January internal FBI document that warned about calls for “” on right-wing internet forums, Capitol Police on January 6 were quickly overwhelmed by rioters who breached the US Capitol and ultimately occupied the Senate chamber.
Five people died, including a police officer, but it could’ve been much worse. On Friday, the Washington Postthat a mob of rioters came within 100 feet of Vice President Mike Pence as he was being hastily evacuated from the Senate chamber, where he was overseeing the certification of the Electoral College vote results.
Pence’s refusal to cooperate with a scheme Trump and hardcore supporters like Rudy Giuliani cooked up to reject the Electoral College results made him a target, and some rioters could be heard chanting, “” as they marauded into the Capitol.
Other videos from the mayhem showmembers of the House of Representatives as they were being evacuated from the premises.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)during an Instagram livestream on Wednesday that “it’s not an exaggeration to say that many many members of the House were nearly assassinated,” adding that she had a “close encounter” during the riot during which she “thought [she] was going to die,” though she didn’t provide details of what happened.
What far-right extremists have planned for inauguration weekend
The FBI has been alerted of threats to “storm” government offices in every state.Emboldened by their ability to invade the seat of American government, many rioters and their supporters are plotting a repeat, with multiple rallies and other actions planned between now and President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. The FBI has warned of armed actions planned at state capitols around the country. Members of Congress have been harassed at airports and are concerned about threats to their homes and families.
The joint House investigation is one of many into the circumstances surrounding the Capitol riot, which happened shortly after Trump finished delivering a speech to his supporters in which(Trump has since been impeached in a bipartisan vote for encouraging the unrest).
As Cameron Petersfor Vox, the inspectors general of the Justice, Defense, Interior, and Homeland Security departments announced on Friday the launch of “internal investigations into how officials prepared for January 6 and where failures occurred.” Also on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she had appointed to investigate security at the Capitol complex.
Furthermore, Pelosi and more than 30 of her House colleagues earlier this week requested that top Capitol security officials investigate whether pro-Trump Republican members of Congress may have helped the rioters do reconnaissance of the Capitol by giving them access to tours of the Capitol on January 5.
Speaker Pelosi: ’Imagine 10 days ago, we really lost our innocence in this … now we have to protect ourselves from enemies ‘domestic.’ How close within? The investigation will let us know.’— NowThis (@nowthisnews)
“If, in fact, it is found that members of Congress were accomplices to this insurrection — if they aided and abetted the crime — there may have to be actions taken beyond the Congress, in terms of prosecution for that,” Pelosi said during a news conference on Friday.
CNN Host Confronts Trump Lawyer Denying Rally Speech Incited Deadly Capitol Riot .
Michael Smerconish pressed John Eastman on Saturday over what role his rally speech played on January 6.CNN’s @smerconish presses attorney John Eastman, who represented Trump in a lawsuit trying to block states from certifying Biden’s victory, on his statements at the rally before the Capitol riot. https://t.co/N2ILunmNDE pic.twitter.