- The lawmaker leading the investigation into security failures that occurred at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot says his team has identified “people of interest” who may have played a role in suppressing intelligence that forewarned of violence that fateful day.
Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., late last week confirmed earlier reporting by Just the News that the Capitol Police intelligence unit had received days and weeks in advance a significant amount of detailed intelligence that identified specific extremist groups that planned to commit violence on Jan. 6, 2021, and some of the tactics they planned to use.
- But those red-flags weren’t passed up the chain, including to then-Chief Steven Sund, so that executives could adjust the security inside and outside the Capitol, he said.
- “We do know that the security failure began with an intelligence failure,” Loudermilk said Friday. “We have uncovered that there was significant intelligence that was provided to the intelligence division of the Capitol Police, starting in the beginning of December, all the way up through the morning of Jan. 6.
- Loudermilk continued: Some of that intelligence actually laid out what the operational plan of some extreme groups were to enter the Capitol, take over Congress, even kill some Capitol police if they had to. This made it to the Intelligence Division. But it never made it any further. Even the chief of Capitol Police was not made aware of that level of intelligence.”