House Jan. 6 report glosses over key issues

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While detailing multiple warnings of violence collected by U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials about protests planned for Jan. 6, the House select committee’s report largely avoids the issue of how federal agencies handled the information or why they failed to share the full extent of the threats with U.S. Capitol Police officers tasked with protecting Congress from the violent mob that stormed the Capitol building.

The select committee’s mission, as defined in its authorizing resolution, was in part to investigate “the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies” to the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

But the entire issue is relegated to a brief appendix — with 18 pages of text and 11 pages of footnotes — in an 845-page report that largely focuses on the conduct of Donald Trump and his allies. In that section, the panel even botched the name of the FBI, calling it “the Federal Bureau of Intelligence” instead of by its actual name, the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“I have the same questions today that I had before the investigation began,” Jim Pasco, executive director of the national Fraternal Order of Police, whose members include Capitol Police officers, told Yahoo News. “Why didn’t [federal law enforcement agencies] take more actions to make sure the force on the Hill was adequately equipped and briefed on the violence that was being talked about?”


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