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Intelligence agencies ‘KNEW about armed attack threat weeks before Capitol riot – but cops were not properly warned’

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 people to "bring your guns," the bipartisan report released on Tuesday states.

They were aware that groups wanted to target Democratic lawmakers and were looking to infiltrate the tunnel system under the Capitol in an effort to prevent the certification of Joe Biden as president.

Yet the federal agencies failed to adequately inform local law enforcement that the pro-Trump extremists were threatening violence, it adds.

The report was released as Democrats continue to push for an independent probe into the Capitol riot despite Republican Senators voting to stop a bipartisan investigation just over a week ago.

The new report by two Senate committees highlights the failures in the lead-up to the attack which resulted in the death of four Trump supporters and a Capitol police officer.

The report also ties the death by suicide of two Capitol cops in the aftermath of the event to the violence.

It included an FBI memo published a day before the January 6 attack which revealed people were traveling to Washington DC for "war."

The memo never reached top law enforcement officials, the New York Times reports.

Intelligence also 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.

It does not chart the actions or comments of former President Donald Trump in the lead-up to the attack but writes that he “continued to assert that the election was stolen from him” and promoted the DC rally where he spoke that morning.

The bipartisan team of Senators from the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Rules and Administration Committee called it an “unprecedented attack” on American democracy.

“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.”

The report was produced after more than three months of hearings and interviews, and the review of thousands of pages of documents.

It claims that threats of an attack were not taken seriously and that the Capitol police force could not effectively respond.

After the release of the report, Capitol police claimed that there was still no way 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.

“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.”

The report was led by both Klobuchar and Peters and the two top Republican officials on the committees: Senators Rob Portman and Roy Blunt.

Yet it was limited in its bipartisanship as Republicans failed to answer questions that would give unflattering information on Trump and the GOP party as a whole, the Times reports.

The report recommends 20 improvements to the Capitol police force including beefing up training and equipment and forming a single intelligence bureau.

The findings are likely to fuel calls for the independent 9/11-style commission to investigate January 6.

Senate Republicans voted to stop the January 6 commission bill to investigate the Capitol riot, while only six GOP rebels supported it.

These included Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska.

The Senate vote was 54-35 – short of the 60 votes needed to consider a House-passed bill that would have formed a 10-member commission evenly split between the two parties.

Three dozen Republicans passed the commission bill in the House last month but GOP senators said they believe the commission would eventually be used against them politically.

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