Capitol Police, U. S. Capitol, Intel discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News


The U. S. Capitol. There was an internal Capitol Police intelligence report and it warned of a violent scenario. In which Congress itself could be the target of angry supporters of President Trump on January 6th joining us live Now the journalist who broke this story tonight, a Washington Post political investigative reporter Carol Lin IQ, Carol, Can you detail more about what this memo said? What this so report said, is a warning. I'd be happy to or rather Dimitri. I should say I'm depressed to share it three days before the January sticks storming of the capital by a violent mob and Intel unit in the Capitol. Police sports had Completed a 12 page report their conclusion. Woz. We're warning you. Now that this protest is going to be different than others. It's going to be larger than any of the trump Margo rallies that have been happening this fall. It's going to be more violent. Organizers are asking people to be armed to the teeth to bring things as weird as gas masks. And reinforced bulletproof vest, and the target is not counter protesters or or trump haters or Biden lovers. It is Congress itself, and that warning went out to all the captains and the command staff of the Capitol police at a time when they were trying to make their secure security plans. It. It unfortunately, didn't have his big an impact on the security plans, as the Intel unit might have hoped, because they pretty much predicted exactly what happened. That's what I was going to say. It is theory that this was ah, fortune telling report it always. So why didn't they listen to it? Why wasn't it heated? Well, it's funny that was heated in one way, and it was mitigated in another chief's son, who was the Capitol police chief until resigning in the wake of the Security failures and the siege. He got this Intel report and he's declined to discuss the details of it with me, but I know from other sources that he got this report on the third. And that's what made him go to the sergeant at arms in the Senate and the House, his bosses and say, Look, guys, I think I need emergency activation of the National Guard. They turned him down and said that they didn't like the idea of that. They didn't like the optics of the military looming over the capital. They didn't think their leadership their bosses, the speaker Pelosi or Mitch McConnell, the Senate leader would agree. So they said, no, the other thing that chief's son did as a result of this report. My sources tell me is he decided to expand the perimeter dramatically. Usually you have a perimeter around the capital that keeps people away from The building the balconies, the portico. This time they pushed the perimeter out to the first out to First Avenue. They wanted everybody far, far away. Unfortunately, there were a lot of people reading this report who concluded that It would be a little bit worse than others..

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