Yet the Senate investigation found that the department had given ample warning weeks earlier that violent extremists, including members of Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, were plotting such action, and failed to disseminate it widely. or incorporate the warnings into its operational plan for January 6.
“Several comments encourage the confrontation of members of Congress and the carrying of guns during the protest,” a Capitol Police intelligence analyst wrote in a December 21 threat report, which included a map of the complex. du Capitole published on the pro-Trump blog thedonald. .to win. Among the messages cited in the threat report: “Bring weapons. It’s now or never ”, and“ We can’t give them a choice. An overwhelming number of weapons is our only chance.
The Senate Inquiry Report is the product of a collaboration between Mr. Peters, Ms. Klobuchar, and senior Republicans on the two committees they head: Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio on the Homeland Security Committee and Roy Blunt from Missouri to the Rules Committee. It is limited by its bipartisan nature, given that Republicans have refused to ask questions about the riot that could reveal unflattering information about Mr. Trump or members of their party, as they attempt to lay out its implications. politicians behind them ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Although the report categorically states that Mr. Trump “continued to claim that the election was stolen from him” and promoted the “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington before the riot, it does not describe his actions or motivations. , declares that his election claims were bogus or explores the implications of a president and elected leaders of his party sparking the outrage of millions of supporters.
The inquiry does not describe the events of January 6 as an “insurgency,” a term many Republicans joined with Democrats immediately after the attack. Assistants involved in its drafting said they refrained from attempting to summarize or contextualize Mr. Trump’s false claims just before the riot took place. Instead, they chose to include the full text of his speech as an appendix.
Many of the report’s findings were drawn from public testimony at committee hearings, although five people participated in detailed interviews with the committee: Christopher C. Miller, who was the acting Secretary of Defense; Ryan D. McCarthy, Secretary of the Army; General James C. McConville, the Army Chief of Staff; Yogananda D. Pittman, Acting Capitol Police Chief; and J. Brett Blanton, the architect of the Capitol.
Committee staff solicited more than 50 statements from Capitol Hill police officers who painted a vivid portrait of the rioters, some of whom gave Nazi salutes and hurled racist slurs at them. An officer said he was run over by the crowd. Another told the committee that she was still suffering from the chemical burns she suffered that day.