'You can't just push send': 20 years after 9/11, FBI accused of intel failure before Capitol riot

NBC News

By Ken Dilanian
Members of an FBI swat team patrol the Longworth House Office building on Jan. 6, 2021.Erin Scott / Bloomberg via Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Nearly two decades after the failure to share intelligence helped prevent the FBI from foiling the 9/11 attacks, the bureau is now accused of not making sure local police agencies fully appreciated the threats brewing among militia groups and white supremacists in the days before the assault on the United States Capitol.

An FBI intelligence report describing plans for violence at the Capitol was sent via email to lower-level officials the night before the Jan. 6 riot, and was never read by Capitol Police or Washington, D.C. leaders, according to testimony at Tuesday's Senate hearing.

Senators called that "an intelligence breakdown" by both the Capitol Police and the FBI.

Publish : 2021-02-24 13:05:00

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