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Senate Report Details FBI, DHS Failures Prior to Jan. 6

Katherine Pompilio
Tuesday, June 27, 2023, 11:43 AM
The report details agencies’ failures to collect and analyze intelligence on potential violence in the lead up to the attack on the Capitol.

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On June 27, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued a majority staff report entitled “Planned in Plain Sight: A Review of the Intelligence Failures in Advance of January 6th, 2021.”

The report details the failures of federal law enforcement agencies—including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis—to collect and analyze intelligence on potential violence in the lead-up to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

According to the report, “At a fundamental level, the agencies failed to fulfill their mission and connect the public and nonpublic information they received” and “multiple federal agencies failed to effectively coordinate in the lead up to January 6th, contributing to the failures that allowed the Capitol to be breached that day.”

You can read the report here or below:

Katherine Pompilio is an associate editor of Lawfare. She holds a B.A. with honors in political science from Skidmore College.

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