New York Times report: Capitol Police were told by leaders to “stand down” by leaders on the riot in D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- According to a recent New York Times report, the Capitol Police had clear, advance warnings about the January 6th, including the potential for violence in which Congress itself was the target, but officers were instructed by their leaders to “stand down.”

A new report by the agency’s internal investigator shows that officers were instructed by their leaders to not use their most aggressive tactics to hold off the violent protesters.

In the 104-page document, the inspector general, Michael A. Bolton criticized the way the Capitol Police prepared and responded to the violence on January 6th. This report was reviewed by the New York Times and will reportedly be the subject of a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, April 15th.

According to reports, the inspector general of the Capitol Police laid bare all of the disturbing issues involved with the way the January 6th Electoral College security was mishandled. The Times reported:

“A new report by the Capitol Police’s internal watchdog found that department leaders overlooked key intelligence in the run-up to the riot on Jan. 6., including a warning that ‘Congress itself is the target’ and barred the force’s riot response unit from using its most powerful crowd-control measures.”

The Times added:

“The 104-page document, entitles ‘Review of the Events Surrounding the Jan. 6., 2021, Takeover of the U.S. Capitol,’ is the most searing portrait yet of the lapses and miscalculations around the most violent attack on the Capitol in two centuries.”

The Times continued:

“It adds significant new detail not unearthed in congressional hearings and is likely to inform a coming overhaul of the agency promised by lawmakers.”

At the Trump impeachment trial, it was revealed that Congress had been warned by the now-resigned Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund that an attacked from extremists was coming days before the uprising. 

House impeachment manager Rep. Stacey Plaskett revealed the explosive information on the second day of the Senate trial. She said in a statement:

“The day before the rioters stormed the Congress an FBI office in Virginia also issued an explicit warning that extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and, quote, war, according to internal reports.”

She added:

“Leading up to the event there were hundreds, hundreds of posts online showing that his supporters took this as a call to arms to attack the Capitol. There were detailed posts of plans to attack online. Law enforcement warned that these posts were real threats and even made arrests days leading up to the attack.”

In an exclusive interview just days after the Capitol riots, Rep. Maxine Waters revealed that she warned the Capitol Police chief days prior to the attack. She said:

“First of all, to the families of those who died, they need to sue the U.S. government because the Capitol Police and others who had the responsibility of organizing security for this event failed.”

She added:

“Either they are incompetent or they lied or they’re complicit. This is a very complicated combination of individuals and operations that I think played a role in this attack on our Capitol.”

The former Capitol Police chief Steven Sund, who was forced to resign under heavy pressure from Democrats, fired back a response to Speaker Nancy Pelosi. His response undercuts the Democrats’ narrative that there were no requests made for heavier security.

In fact, the Congress was warned six times before the Capitol riots and yet, the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms, also who both resigned, failed to act upon those requests.

However, a “secret history” of the 2020 campaign reveals that radical organizations, major corporations, and party operatives assessed that there would likely be a riot if Trump lost and they could blame the president for “inciting it.”

Speaker Pelosi’s role in calling the shots on Congressional security was confirmed by the now-resigned House Sergeant at Arms. It is clear that the Democrats knew that there would be an explosive situation outside the Electoral College as early as March of 2020.

It is not indisputable that the Capitol Police and National Guard were told not to do their jobs effectively by being issued “stand down” orders from their leaders. 

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Inspector General drops bombshell, says Capitol Police ignored intelligence warnings about pending riot and anarchy

April 4th, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC- In the same week that two US Capitol police officers filed suit against former President Donald Trump and others, the United States Capitol Police Office of Inspector General released a preliminary report highly critical of that agency. 

CBS News is reporting, the OIG says the agency failed to act on intelligence which warned protesters coming to the rally on January 6 might be armed and planned to “target” Congress.

The report, dated March 1 noted numerous “deficiencies” and zeroed in on the department’s failure to disseminate intelligence from as early as December 30 which suggested protesters “may be inclined to become violent.”

The reports, obtained by CBS News has not been previously published, however some lawmakers are pressing to have them publicized.

“USCP did not prepare a comprehensive, Department-wide plan for demonstrations planned for January 6, 2021,” wrote Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton.

That review was the first federal audit conducted of the January 6 siege.

According to the Washington Examiner, Bolton also hammered the department for a general failure to share information from others, in particular the FBI’s Norfolk field office’s memo that warned of potential violence and “war” at the Capitol.

The memo was distributed internally one day prior to the riot, according to the watchdog report.

According to former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who was forced to resign after the incident, the memo never reached the top ranks of the department. The agency’s current acting police chief, Yogananda Pittman contended with Sund’s testimony.

Pittman, testifying before Congress in February said that while the department was aware that extremist groups might participate in the January 6 protest, and possibly target members of Congress and become violent, she denied the department had received a “credible” threat related to a large-scale attack on Congress.

“Although we knew the likelihood for violence by extremists, no credible threat indicated that tens of thousands would attack the U.S. Capitol, nor did the intelligence received from the FBI or any other law enforcement partner indicate such a threat,” Pittman testified.

The OIG report said there were numerous inconsistencies in the department’s planning.

Pittman and her Deputy, Assistant Chief of Police Chad Thomas told the IG they had intended to use the department’s emergency response team to “extract non-compliant violators and disarm protesters if necessary,” however other officials told the IG they “were not familiar with any plans to…arrest or disarm protesters.”

Pittman told lawmakers that the Capitol Police had indeed taken steps to upgrade security, such as increasing the number of offices assigned to civil disturbance units, deploying counter surveillance agents to monitor crowds and posting agents with patrol rifles outside certain high-profile lawmakers’ homes.

She said that the department had also added bike rack barriers outside the Capitol, and had helped intercept and monitor demonstrator’s radio communications on the day of the siege.

“While the Department was prepared to neutralize and remove individuals or groups engaging in civil disobedience or violence among the demonstrators, it was quickly overwhelmed by the thousands of insurrectionists [emphasis added] (many armed) who immediately and without provocation began attacking officers, bypassing physical barriers, and refusing to comply with lawful orders,” Pittman said.

The OIG also cited a daily intelligence assessment which was shared among the Capitol Police which listed the upcoming January 6 event as “Million MAGA March/US Capitol” and categorized the possibility of “acts of civil disobedience/arrests” occurring as “improbable.”

This was despite an internal assessment from January 3 that warned protesters “sense of desperation and disappointment may lead to more of an incentive to become violent” and “Congress itself is the target on the 6th.”

The Capitol Police responded to the OIG watchdog’s report in a statement obtained by the Examiner. The statement defended the agency’s “significant improvements” made for its security response.

“Despite its challenges, the Department strongly believes that, short of excessive use of deadly force, nothing within its arsenal on January 6 would have stopped the violent insurrectionists,” the Capitol Police statement read.

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The agency admitted having “internal challenges including communication issues and inadequate training” that “it is correcting.”

“The Department is proud of its officers, including the late Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, who helped carry out USCP’s vital mission to protect Congress and the Democratic Process,” the statement added.

Tim Ryan, chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee issued a statement in which he said he had read the report, and added that he may seek committee hearings on the issue.

Ryan and a bipartisan group of legislators signed a letter Wednesday asking officials to host regular press conferences on any threats to the U.S. Capitol.

Ryan and ranking subcommittee member Jaime Herrera Beutler have called on the OIG to release the March 1 watchdog report publicly, noting that they “express frustration” with the Capitol Police Board’s “unwillingness to release information to the public or answer media questions regarding the events of January 6.”

CBS News noted that unlike other agencies, the Capitol Police Department is not required legally to publicly release reports issued by its IG.

“This report will be a vital step to help better protect the Capitol Complex,,” Ryan and Herrera Beutler wrote.

The IG document was the first among a number of “flash reports” from Bolton, including a timeline provided by the department, and makes eight recommendations for the department to implement, including recommendations that the agency better train its personnel on how to understand intelligence assessments.

In addition, the report recommended all agency officers and employees obtain security clearances to receive classified intelligence briefings—a recommendation the IG first made to Capitol Police nearly two years ago.

In a statement to CBS News, the U.S. Capitol Police said it has “made major changes to improve the flow of information to Congress and the public following the attack on our democracy.”

Later Thursday, the agency issued an updated statement in which it “acknowledges it had internal challenges including communication issues and inadequate training, which it is correcting.”

Continuing, the statement said that the department’s preparations were based on the information gathered from law enforcement partners in the intelligence community, “none of which indicated that a mass insurrection of this scale would occur.”

The statement went on to note the intelligence assessment shared from the FBI was self-identified as raw and not to be acted upon.

“Despite its challenges,” the statement went on, “the Department strongly believes that, short of excessive use of deadly force, nothing within its arsenal on January 6 would have stopped the violent insurrectionists [emphasis added] that descended on the U.S. Capitol.

“Going forward in addition to enhanced physical infrastructure, the Department believes that external support will be necessary for certain events.”

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