One day before the January 6th riot, then-President Donald Trump suggested to Defense Secretary Christopher Miller; "You're going to need 10,000 people" to secure the Capitol from protesters challenging the results of the 2020 election.
“And [Trump] goes, ‘You’re going to need 10,000 people.’ No, I’m not talking bullshit. He said that. And we’re like, ‘Maybe. But you know, someone’s going to have to ask for it.’” At that point Miller remembered the president telling him, “‘You do what you need to do. You do what you need to do.’ He said, ‘You’re going to need 10,000.’ That’s what he said. Swear to God.”-Vanity Fair
Now we learn that "people of interest" within the US intelligence community may have suppressed specific information forewarning of violence on that fateful day.
As Just the News reports, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) - the lawmaker leading the investigation into security failures leading up to January 6th - said in a recent interview with Just the News that the Capitol Police intelligence unit had received a significant amount of detailed information in the weeks and days leading up to the event, that specific extremist groups planned to commit violence on Jan. 6, 2021.
"We do know that the security failure began with an intelligence failure," Loudermilk told JTN on Friday. "We have uncovered that there was significant intelligence that was provided to the intelligence division of the Capitol Police, starting in the beginning of December, all the way up through the morning of Jan. 6.
"Some of that intelligence actually laid out what the operational plan of some extreme groups were to enter the Capitol, take over Congress, even kill some Capitol police if they had to," he continued. "This made it to the Intelligence Division. But it never made it any further. Even the chief of Capitol Police was not made aware of that level of intelligence."
According to Loudermilk, his House Administration investigative subcommittee has made 'substantial progress' in identifying the specific individuals who may have suppressed or mishandled the intelligence.
"Who was involved in this? Was it one person that just squelched the intelligence? Was it just a massive failure? Was it because of incompetence, or was it somebody who purposely suppressed that intelligence?" he asked. "There's actually some people of interest that we're talking to, and we're looking into to see where that failure was."
Answering these questions is key to better protecting the Capitol in the future.
"The frontline officers, man, they fought valiantly that day," he said. "But they were ill equipped. They were not prepared, and none of them knew what was coming. But there were certain people in the Capitol Police that did."
Just the News reported last year that federal and local law enforcement partners sent Capitol Police significant intelligence warnings of violence days and weeks ahead of the Jan. 6 event, including specific threats by groups like Oath Keepers and Proud Boys and warnings that the tunnel system throughout the Capitol might be targeted. The warnings though did not get sent up the chain of command to Chief Sund.
And just three days after the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, one of the Capitol Police's top intelligence analysts sent a blistering email to supervisors, blowing the whistle on what he said was a failure to heed clear intelligence warning that right-wing rioters planned to storm the Capitol. -Just the News
"We analysts have been reporting for weeks that Patriot groups are commenting on social media their intentions to storm the U.S. Capitol with overwhelming numbers," wrote Eric Hoar in a Jan. 9, 2021 email to his bosses. "I don't know what was occurring behind the scenes, but I hope that information was briefed with the veracity it deserved, and not just a one-time Event Assessment."
Loudermilk is also looking into the Democrat-led J6 committee, and says he's found some shocking evidence that many of its public hearings were mismanaged.
"We found out in the in the documents that I acquired from the Jan. 6 committee is the written script of every member of the committee. Just like you would have on a teleprompter or if you memorize a script for a movie," he told JTN. "And so every single aspect of their hearings was scripted for a Hollywood type of emotional appeal to the American people."
He added that Republicans currently running the House committee are taking a different approach.
"We just recently had a hearing with the chief of the Capitol Police. There was nothing scripted about it," he said. "We did have certain questions that we wanted to ask, but each member had their questions. The chief wasn't given a script in advance. … These hearings from the January 6 Select Committee were Hollywood productions."