In primetime hearings set for Thursday evening, House Democrats, joined by anti-Trump GOP Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, are expected to make the case that former President Donald Trump is largely to blame for the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol.
But a new report indicates the violence was far worse because of failures of the U.S. Capitol Police, who at the time, as now, were under the jurisdiction of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The right-leaning website Just the News on Wednesday noted that it had just obtained a secret, internal USCP after-action report of the law enforcement response to the rioters. The report was written last June.
The document “identified sweeping blunders by the department ranging from delayed deployment of specialized civil disturbance units to the fateful dismantling of an intelligence unit that monitored social media for threats,” JTN reported.
“Identifying 53 areas of failure needing corrective action, the June 4, 2021 report, obtained by Just the News, produces a far more stark portrait of leadership failures than those offered by Democrat-led investigations, making abundantly clear that the Capitol Police under House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were ill-equipped to defend one of America’s most symbolic and high-value institutions two decades after the Sept. 11 attacks.”
As one example, the USCP had intelligence from other agencies by Jan. 5, 2021, that there was “strong potential for violence, including the targeting of lawmakers.” Yet, “those warnings were not properly distilled into the operational plan given to front-line commanders.”
The report itself noted that the USCP “did not express the severity of the threat,” and while it acknowledged that some protesters may be armed, the early intel never conveyed “the urgency that they planned to overtake the Capitol and target Members of Congress.”
“That intelligence failure was exacerbated, the review concluded, when new department leadership installed after Pelosi became Speaker decided to dismantle the department’s open-source intelligence unit that scanned for threats on social media,” JTN added.
“The lost window into the overt discussion of violence on social media prior to Jan. 6 may have contributed to the tragedy by further blinding commanders and officers to the potential for serious violence.”
JTN pointed out that unlike congressional probes and a USCP inspector general investigation, the after-action report was developed from 44 different submissions from “frontline Capitol Police commanders and officers,” which provided “a specificity of failings and an unvarnished assessment of the senior leadership and its grasp on command and control during the crisis on Jan. 6.”
GOP Rep. Rodney Davis of Illinois told JTN that the report raises “grave concerns” that Democrats are not interested in pursuing.
Citing the report, Davis said, “Speaker Pelosi and Congressional Democrats are not focused on the serious security failures that occurred under their watch. Not only did the United States Capitol Police admit that their open source intelligence capabilities were essentially dismantled under a change in leadership within the Intelligence Division prior to 1/6, but the report clearly shows they had knowledge of the potential for violence yet failed to take the necessary steps to protect the Capitol.”
“The Democratic Majority’s incompetence and unwillingness to fix long-standing issues was a main contributor to the security failure on January 6th. There must be immediate accountability and reform,” he added.
Davis also told JTN that Trump is not to blame for the violence that fateful day.
“It’s frustrating that the mainstream media will use this opportunity to go after President Trump,” said Davis, noting that he did not blame Pelosi or radical left-wing Sen. Bernie Sanders when a Sanders supporter shot up a baseball field filled with Republicans, including himself, in June 2017.
“Not one time did I or any of my colleagues blame Bernie Sanders or Speaker Pelosi for the violent activity that was perpetrated by one crazed individual,” Davis added. “And President Trump is not to blame for what happened on Jan. 6. It’s those who broke the law that are to blame.”