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Intelligence lapses and military tactics drove Capitol attack

 

February 24, 2021

Andrew Harnik - Associated Press

Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, left, speaks with Chairwoman Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, before he testifies before a joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, to examine the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

WASHINGTON – A Jan. 5 FBI memo that warned of armed extremists' plans to violently attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 never made it to the Capitol Police chief, a hearing Tuesday revealed.

The memo from the Norfolk, Va., office of the FBI stopped after it reached a sergeant in the Capitol Police office, former Chief Steven Sund told a joint hearing co-chaired by Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

The first public testimony from Capitol Police came during the first in a series of hearings examining what went wrong when thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump breached the Capitol. The rioters threatened members of the Senate and House, including threats to hang Vice President Mike Pence and kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The attack on the building resulted in five deaths, 140 injuries to police and property damage.

https://www.startribune.com/intelligence-lapses-and-military-tactics-drove-capitol-attack/600026543/

 

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