On January 6th, 2021, a marauding mob from the MAGA wing of the GOP forcefully stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to prevent the certification of 2020 election’s electoral college votes.
The scene itself was astounding, as these would-be insurrectionists smashed windows, broke down doors, and ruthlessly beat police officers in order to gain access to the building.
Now, a new report seems to indicate that authorities were fully aware that such a possibility existed on that day, which has sparked controversy over just how the events were allowed to transpire.
A bipartisan probe led by two Senate committees has found that U.S. Capitol Police and other authorities were in possession of more alarming intelligence clues ahead of the Jan. 6 attack on the complex than previously documented.
The findings are part of a report issued Tuesday by the Senate Rules and Homeland Security committees looking into the series of failures of intelligence, security preparations and emergency response before and during the insurrection.
Among new public details, the panels say Capitol Police had seen information from a pro-Trump website that included comments about the Capitol’s tunnel system and that encouraged demonstrators to bring weapons to subdue members of Congress and police and reverse the presidential election’s results.
Some of the comments were seriously concerning.
“This is do or die. Bring your guns,” one comment read in part, the report said.
The website also had comments that demonstrators should surround every building with a tunnel entrance or exit, be prepared to drag down police, and that they could “enter the Capitol as the Third Continental Congress and certify the Trump Electors,” referring to an alliance of militia groups.
Also, the report said, a Capitol Police official had shared a tip the night before the riot, which was received by the FBI National Threat Operations Center, of a “significant uptick” in new visitors to a website called WashingtonTunnels.com.
The FBI has already made over 450 arrests in the case, and are poised to make hundreds more as suspects continue to be identified online or by their close acquaintances.