by John Solomon
With the help of a former junior White House aide, House Democrats on the Jan. 6 committee tried Tuesday to convince the public that former President Donald Trump and his team were aware of the potential for violence among armed protesters the day of the Capitol riot and ignored the security risks.
Their presentation, using the hearsay testimony of 25-year-old former presidential aide Cassidy Hutchison, for sure excited the news media.
But it could not obscure one stubborn fact that glaringly was ignored at the televised hearing: long before Hutchison overheard concerns inside the White House on Jan. 2 and Jan. 6, 2021, about guns and violence, the Capitol Police that reported to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi repeatedly received intelligence warnings about such possibilities and failed to increase security adequately or accept the Trump Pentagon’s offer for 10,000 or more National Guard troops.
Documents obtained Tuesday by Just the News from Capitol Police sources show the department received a pointed intelligence report on New Year’s Eve 2020 – a full week before the riot – that extremists planning to attend a rally earlier that day were discussing using guns, possibly in sniper attacks, and planning to violently storm the Capitol and hang Democratic members of Congress.
“Far right extremists call for ‘armed encampment’ & to hang corpses of Democrats at January 6 pro-Trump demonstration in D.C.” one entry in the Dec. 31, 2020, “domestic terrorism summary” that Capitol Police official Matthew N. Hurtig sent to multiple offices inside his department.
Another entry in that same report read: “Armed and ready, Mr. President: Demonstrators urged to bring guns, prepare for violence at January 6 ‘Stop the Steal’ Protest in DC.”
A third entry in the same intelligence report – which was sent to email distribution lists for the Capitol Police’s intelligence, investigations and internal security units – included a discussion on an extremist online forum on which members of the groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers were sharing plans.
“Far-right forum users discuss taking violent actions at DC Trump Rally,” the entry read.
A Capitol Police official who was present on Jan. 6, 2021, told Just the News that the department had repeated warnings dating to Dec. 21, 2020, that guns, violence, storming the Capitol and targeting lawmakers were being discussed by the very extremists who would later show up on the day of the riot.
“This was a slow-motion train wreck where we had the intelligence of what Proud Boys and Oath Keepers were threatening, and we neither hardened our defenses enough nor accepted the Guard troops,” the official said, speaking only on the condition of anonymity because the official wasn’t cleared to talk to the press. “It is a clear failure of leadership.”
Other Capitol Police officials said they believed the department briefed some of the intelligence it was receiving to the political leadership of Congress through the House and Senate sergeant at arms offices, making the decision to reject the National Guard troops all the more puzzling.
Just the News reported earlier this month that the night before the Capitol riot, Deputy Police Chief Sean Gallagher sent an email to an aide close to Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer warning that expected demonstrators had maps of the Capitol complex tunnel systems and were talking of targeting lawmakers.
A former Capitol Police official on Tuesday noted there was a warning much earlier, referenced in a little-noticed footnote of the Senate’s official investigative report on the Jan. 6 riot. That footnote states police sent an email as early as Dec. 19, 2020, to a sergeant at arms official about concerns about the Trump rally. The report wasn’t more specific.
But other Capitol Police documents obtained by Just the News show that numerous detailed and stark warnings were included in intelligence reports leading up to Jan. 6 warning of gun violence.
On Dec. 23, 2020, for instance, the U.S. Marshal’s Service warned Capitol Police that a TikTok video posted by extremists planning to attend the rally was “calling for the use of snipers during the planned march on DC on 6 Jan.”
The Marshal’s Service included the specific language captured in the social media video.
“In about two weeks there is gonna be a march in D.C.,” the video stated. “You know those cops are going to be lined up with their shields and shit, you know what I mean? We gotta get some shit going on with snipers.”
The detailed warnings to the Capitol Police were far more specific and numerous than the two vague instances Hutchison detailed in Tuesday testimony that she heard inside the Trump White House.
Hutchinson said Trump dismissed concerns on the morning of Jan. 6 that some of the protesters attending his speech might be armed and wanted the metal detectors to be removed.
“I don’t care that they have weapons, they are not here to hurt me, take the f’in mags away, and they can march to the Capitol,” Hutchison claimed Trump said.
She also that four days prior to the rally, on January 2, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told her that “things might get real, real bad.”
The danger of Democrats relying on a junior aide whose knowledge mostly came from hearsay became apparent hours after the hearing wrapped up.
After yesterday’s performance by 2 sugars lite Cassidy, what could the clown committee possibly have that would be damaging?
they have nothing. The clown committee has been in existence to protect pelosi and McConnell
You mean damaging to someone other than themselves?
Trump will continue to pick his followers’ pockets and manipulate their minds until the roof falls in.
Democrats will continue to throw themselves on the floor, screaming and kicking their feet, because they don’t get their way 100% of the time.
You spelled hooves incorrectly.
Soooooo… if the Capital Police had all these prior warnings, WHY were officers letting rioters through the barricades and playing doorman at the Capital itself, opening doors and just waving them in?
The entire event was planned entrapment. The real investigation on the J6 debacle will begin in January 2023
Probably because the Trump mob was screaming HANG MIKE PENCE and FIGHT FOR TRUMP while they were beating up nearly 100 cops. At that point, the cops were overrun by the Trumpers.
There’s always two trolls the closer you get to election.
greg works for the WEF.
michael is a fed, and Ron/AJ was some Leftwing-paid troll.
Frank and Phillip are probably feds, too.
There is NO backing for what they claim, no support, no voice, no population to buy it.
They come here to blast their propaganda, as we know.
Well, scooter, the videos show otherwise. They show Capital Police opening barricades and holding doors open for the rioters. So, YOU are saying they were complicit in your imaginary persons that yelled “Hang Mike Pence”. Pelosi controls the Capital Police, so you are saying SHE is complicit. Will you be demanding an investigation of this aspect of the riot?
Nah. There’s no case against Trump.
J6th was a false-flag executed to flip the script, pretending Trump and Right were doing what the Left was doing all along. It’s how most banana republics conduct their coups.
HRC was to be installed. Trump won instead. A treasonous false-scandal was invented, followed by public announcements of insurrection by the Democrats for 4 years. False allegations, sham impeachments, a released virus, toppled statues, a rigged election, a false-flag…
Now we live in two countries, Frank. We Americans who follow the Constitution and…whatever you standard authoritarian-following rabble want to call yourselves.
Enjoy the divorce. Hope you’re ready.
The Speaker of the House is not part of the Capitol Police chain of command. The Capitol Police Board oversees the Capitol Police. The Board consists of the sergeant-at-arms of the House and Senate and the Capitol architect. The Capitol Police chief is a non-voting member. The Board approves requests for National Guard assistance. https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/21/politics/fact-check-jim-jordan-nancy-pelosi-january-6-security/index.html
Sure. Let’s just get the Sergeant-at-Arms who was in charge that day to come testif…oh.
Democrats executed a coup on Jan 6th.
Rockybuttface is poorly informed :CNN as a source? I rest my case your honor.
Is it any wonder her communications leading up to the event are not public. Did we hear from the Capitol police union?
This unconstitutional marsupial clown show has no legislative purpose, Hearsay testimony as in the Ukraine impeachment sh!tshow. How dumb really stupid are the brainwashed TV heads that swallow this scat from a male cow.
I haven’t visited Flopping Aces for a while. I wanted to see if there were any mature commenters who are willing to have reasonable discussions without resorting to invective. I guess this is not the place for that.
We keep waiting for someone supporting the liberal point of view to provide something besides CNN propaganda. Apparently, the liberal point of view CAN’T be supported.
You’re a paid troll. Your propaganda post, followed by the CNN link, disqualifies you from being a viable part of an intelligent discussion.
seriously? CNN, get a life away from cable propaganda.
NeverTrumper and Leader of ‘Unselect Committee’ Liz Cheney Hugged Star Witness Cassidy Hutchinson After Hearing – What a Joke!
Not hearsay, just straight up lying, at best the “voices”.