The former head of the Capitol Police, Steven Sund, came forth to a Senate Committee on Tuesday that police officers helming the Capital defense had not received a copy of an FBI memo that detailed threats of violence on January 6th.
Though Democrats continually claim Trump incited an insurrection during his rally before the certification of the Electoral College vote for the 2020 Presidential Election, the Washington Post reported otherwise, with the FBI compiling a memo for the credible threat of violence for January 6th, revealing the riots to be far more coordinated and premeditated than Democrats let on.
Containing conversations between “right-wing extremist” groups, the memo “painted a dire portrait of dangerous plans, including individuals sharing a map of the complex’s tunnels, and possible rally points for would-be conspirators to meet in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and South Carolina and head in groups to Washington.”
“As of 5 January 2021, FBI Norfolk received information indicating calls for violence in response to ‘unlawful lockdowns’ to begin on 6 January 2021 in Washington, D.C.,” the memo said. “An online thread discussed specific calls for violence to include stating ‘Be ready to fight. Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Pantifa slave soldiers being spilled. Get violent. Stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die. NOTHING else will achieve this goal.”
If this memo reached the head of the Capitol Police, policing would have certainly been beefed up and, hopefully, could have significantly slowed the rioters. Sund not reading the memo also explains the lethargic response and curiously thin defense around the Capitol Building on January 6th. However, Sund did say a member of the intelligence division at USCP reviewed the memo but that ‘it didn’t go any further than that’ and that Sund himself had not seen it.
Certain details of the riots indicate them to have been a prepared attack, including two pipe bombs placed at headquarters of the Republican and Democratic national committees the night before the riots and how equipped some rioters came, a theory Sund wholeheartedly subscribes to.
“These people came specifically with equipment. You’re bringing climbing gear to a demonstration, explosives, chemical spray – you’re coming prepared,” Sund said. “The fact that the group attacked our West Front 20 minutes before the event at the Ellipse ended – they were planning on our agency not being at full strength at that time.”
Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department acting chief Robert Contee agreed with Sund, describing rioters as using “hand signals” to communicate.
“I certainly believe it was coordinated,” Contee said.
The hearings on the January 6th Capitol riots will continue on for several days in the Senate, releasing more and more details to the public of the now-infamous day.