The Jan. 6 committee did not make fun of the FBI mistakes prior to the Capitol assault. Only briefly.

WASHINGTON The House Jan. 6 committee has provided proof of the devastation that Capitol police had to deal with that day, but it has spent little time discussing how law enforcement failed to foresee and stop the attack, at least not in the public eye.

However, sources tell NBC News that those errors have not gone unnoticed behind the scenes. The committee is anticipated to focus further on the intelligence and law enforcement shortcomings at the FBI and Department of Homeland Security that rendered police woefully unprepared for the mob that stormed the Capitol as it gets ready for another set of public hearings in September. These mistakes will also play a significant role in the committee’s final report, due on January 6.

Given all the alarm bells that were ringing across the internet, one of the online sleuths who has worked with both the Jan. 6 committee and the FBI has a short story that helps illustrate many of the bureau’s challenges in the extensive federal investigation into the Capitol attack. The story also explains why the bureau didn’t do more to ensure law enforcement was ready prior to the Capitol attack.

The sleuth uploaded the data to Dropbox when he needed to deliver a sizable file to the committee on January 6.
A special agent drove over to the sleuth’s house to manually transfer the data whenever the sleuth wanted to provide something to the FBI.

The committee’s public presentations in June and July were more favorable to Trump’s behavior before and during the attack on the Capitol because of late-breaking revelations. But a lot was left out, including fresh data acquired by the “blue team,” which has concentrated on oversights by law enforcement in the run-up to the assault, as NBC News reported back in January.

This team of investigators is solely focused on the readiness and response of law enforcement, intelligence agencies, and the military, a committee aide told NBC News last week.

Several federal and local agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Fusion Centers, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, among others, have participated in more than 100 interviews and depositions with the team regarding these matters of security and intelligence “said the aide. “The investigation team is trying to determine what information these agencies had at their disposal, how it was processed, put together, and dispersed, and whether or not it was used by law enforcement.

Soumya Dayananda, who served more than ten years as a federal prosecutor and handled the case against Joaquin El Chapo Guzman before joining the committee, is the leader of the “blue team,” a different source told NBC News.

The blue team’s work will be highlighted in the committee’s final report and would “likely” be discussed in upcoming hearings, according to Liz Cheney said in an interview with Fox News last Sunday.

What we won’t do, according to Cheney, is assign blame to law enforcement or the Capitol Police for the armed mob that Donald Trump sent to the Capitol. There were undoubtedly intelligence gaps, and security ought to have performed better than it did. But Donald Trump dispatched a crowd to the Capitol, so I think it’s vital to keep a watch on that.

The FBI has traditionally taken a defensive stance regarding its preparations for January 6 and has previously mentioned that it took some steps to deter radicals from visiting Washington, D.C. before the attack. However, a recent FBI statement to NBC News revealed the agency had since January 6 strengthened its focus on rapid information exchange and improved automated systems set up to help investigators and analysts.

There is a finite window of opportunity to draw attention to the deficiencies in intelligence. The focus of oversight may rapidly shift from reviewing FBI flaws to looking into alleged law enforcement abuses against protesters who stormed the Capitol on Trump’s behalf if Republicans win back the House in the midterm elections, as many pundits predict. Some congressional Republicans have downplayed the insurrection, protested the pretrial detention of some Jan. 6 rioters, whom they have recast as “political prisoners,” and flirted with the “fedsurrection” conspiracy, which holds that the FBI instigated the attack to set up Trump supporters, instead of attempting to understand how to ensure that the FBI is prepared for domestic extremist violence in the future.

It wasn’t a big secret that Trump’s erroneous predictions about the 2020 election may result in deadly bloodshed. In the months leading up to and immediately following the November 2020 election, law enforcement officers raised concerns about the lethal danger of Trump’s rhetoric. On the evening of January 5, 2021, NBC News reported on the violent threats that were circulating on Twitter, TikTok, Parler, and the TheDonald discussion board.

Bill Fulton, an former FBI informant and expert in right-wing extremism, was one of those who voiced concerns prior to the assault. He warned in November 2020 that Trump was “driving” his fans “to the edge” with his election rhetoric.

The American president is pushing these people to the brink, and the moment anything bad happens, he will turn around and say, “Well, I didn’t tell them to do that.” “At the time, Fulton added, sounding menacing.

In a recent interview, Fulton stated that the bureau faces a variety of difficulties in attempting to stop domestic terrorist acts, such as legacy systems and procedures that aren’t as frictionless as the organizational and communication tools utilized in contemporary workplaces.

Keep in mind that this is the federal government, man. Fulton recently told NBC News that bureaucracy is in the FBI’s f—-ing name.
He added that it was crucial to safeguard First Amendment rights even as the FBI took long overdue initiatives to enhance open-source intelligence.

We don’t want the FBI to revert to becoming Hoover’s bureau. We don’t want the FBI looking into folks without a good reason, right? Fulton declared. And we don’t want those inquiries to go on indefinitely.

The FBI said that it “continues to develop to fight ongoing threats presented by domestic violent extremists” in a statement to NBC News.

The FBI has intensified its attention on prompt information sharing with all of its state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement partners across the United States “after the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021,” according to the statement. “Additionally, we have upgraded automated systems in place to help analysts and investigators in each of our 56 field offices over the course of an investigation. Regardless of their goals, the FBI is committed to combating the threat posed by all domestic violent extremists forcefully.

The reasons why law enforcement officers didn’t take further action will not be resolved by the congressional investigation. The Justice Department’s inspector general announced a study into “the role and activity of DOJ and its components in preparing for and responding to the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021” in the weeks following the attack on the Capitol.

In a statement made on January 15, 2021, Inspector General said of the Justice Department stated that the review “will include examining information relevant to the January 6 events that was available to DOJ and its components prior to January 6; the extent to which such information was shared by DOJ and its components with the U.S. Capitol Police and other federal, state, and local agencies; and the role of DOJ personnel in responding to the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.”

Additionally, “any shortcomings in DOJ protocols, policies, or processes that negatively affected the ability of DOJ or its components to properly prepare for and respond to the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6” will be addressed in the review. The investigation “remains underway,” according to a Justice Department inspector general representative.

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