FBI intelligence that warned Jan. 6 protesters may violently storm the Capitol, target legislators, and blockade Democrats in tunnels was never ever sent out to frontline cops unit commanders and officers. Instead, it was silently emailed the night before to a leading assistant to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, according to files that raise the serious concern that politics surpassed security readiness in the eventful hours prior to the riot.
Capitol Police Deputy Chief Sean Gallagher emailed leading Schumer assistant Kelly Fado, now the Senate’s deputy sergeant of arms, at about 9:40 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2021, stating he wished to “provide you visibility” to brand-new intelligence that an FBI hazard analysis center had actually gotten from a site owner, according to files acquired by reporters from Just the News.
The info clearly cautioned that demonstrators had actually detailed maps of the tunnel systems around the Capitol often visited by legislators and their personnel and they were outlining to produce a “perimeter” for possible violence and to discover “Democratic members early to block them from entering the Capitol.” One point of entry the rioters were targeting was the Library of Congress, he cautioned.
“The owner of the website submitted an online tip to the FBI NTOC (National Threat Operations Center) stating that he has noticed a significant uptick in new visitors to his website,” Gallagher wrote. “We have identified numerous open-source comments indicating groups intentions of finding the tunnel entrances and confronting/blocking” members of Congress.
“Additionally,” he said, “we have seen a huge uptick with reporting via open source of the groups intentions of forming a perimeter around the campus (indicated in image #5 above) from 0600-1000 hours in order to block all MOC’s from getting inside our perimeter to the Buildings with spots identified for direct action.”
You can read the email and attachments here: GallagherFado010521EmailWAttachments.pdf
Gallagher, Fado, and the Capitol Police press office did not reply to requests for a comment Thursday.
Gallagher’s e-mail to Fado consisted of numerous screenshots of web interactions where demonstrators had actually detailed maps and gone over outlining particular actions, such as a strategy to “block all the tunnel exits” and to ensure that legislators feel “our anger and resolve.”
Incredibly, according to a report the Senate released in 2015 after a short examination of Jan. 6 security failures, the FBI’s cautions were not distilled to the Capitol Police’s then-chief Steve Sund or its officers and leaders preparing security for the next early morning, in spite of the abundant information and brand-new danger analysis they offered.
“Similar to the intelligence already in IICD’s possession prior to January 5, the FBI SIR and the warning regarding the tunnel system were not elevated to USCP leadership,” the report noted as one of many intelligence and security failures of the department’s leadership.
Crucial Republican members of Congress informed journalists on Thursday they had actually been uninformed of Gallagher’s tip-off to the Schumer assistant and stated it offered more proof that the House Jan. 6 committee, which began prime-time show-trial-Esque hearings Thursday night, had actually restricted an investigation to explicitly protect Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from responsibility for the botched security they were ultimately responsible for.
“This is a really a shocking bombshell discovery … that shows the political nature of who received intelligence and who did not,” Rep. Jim Banks, chairman of the influential House Republican Study Committee, told the “Just the News, Not Noise” television show. “Remember the Capitol Police officers’ union chief said that they, the rank and file police officers, weren’t tipped off to the intelligence, that it was never shared with them.
“But it was shared with Chuck Schumer’s office, a Democrat leader in the Senate. I mean, this is unbelievable. It’s unfathomable to think that intelligence was shared on a political basis to Democrat leaders, but not with anybody else. And that is a great example of the type of questions … that this sham committee should be investigating and digging into, but they’re not.”
Rep. Rodney Davis, the leading Republican on the House Administration Committee, which supervises Capitol operations and security, on Thursday sent out a sweeping letter to the Democrat chairman of the Jan. 6 investigative committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), requiring that all proof of interactions in between congressional leaders and Capitol Police be protected so that Republicans might examine it if they take control of Congress in the November elections.
Davis informed Just the News that he was bothered that Schumer’s assistant would get the comprehensive FBI intelligence however not the Capitol Police Chief Steve Sund or the field leaders.
“It looks to me like Deputy Chief Gallagher only notified a political appointee of Chuck Schumer with this very, very delicate, important information that needed to get out to everyone,” Davis told the John Solomon Reports podcast.
“Deputy Chief Gallagher should have had every single person who is part of the oversight of the Capitol Police on this email,” Davis added. “He chose only a staffer, who was who was appointed by Chuck Schumer. These are questions that have to be answered.”
The Gallagher-Fado e-mail becomes part of a tranche of files gotten by Just the News from Capitol Police and congressional sources that reveal prevalent security and intelligence lapses prior to Jan. 6.
An internal after-action report by the Capitol Police Department identified 53 major failures, while the department’s main timeline of the catastrophe exposed the Trump Pentagon began offering Congress an implementation of National Guard soldiers on Jan. 2, 2021, 4 days prior to the catastrophe, however it was declined, initially by cops and later on by assistants to Pelosi and Schumer.
Internal memos reveal Capitol Police on the eve of the riot got 2 different cautions from the FBI, the one about the targeting of tunnels and another in the form of an intelligence publication from the bureau’s Norfolk, Va., workplace caution that protesters were preparing bloodshed, getting into the Capitol and targeting members of Congress. Neither were distilled to the frontline leaders responsible for security, and numerous investigations have confirmed this.
“They weren’t prepared for what happened because the intelligence never reached the rank-and-file members of the Capitol Police Department,” Banks told Just the News on Thursday. “They weren’t equipped for what would happen. They had faulty and outdated equipment, expired shields. Some of our Capitol Police officers didn’t even have helmets on Jan. 6, and then they weren’t trained for what happened on January 6, even despite of all of the BLM riots in the summer of 2020.”