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FBI Agent: Trump supporters openly planned armed “revolution” on January 6

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According to a Monday report from NBC News, new FBI reports reveal that supporters of former President Donald Trump openly discussed an armed “revolution” prior to the U.S. Capitol attacks of January 6.

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The news comes from court filings last week, close to when FBI Director Christopher Wray told the House Oversight Committee that his agency:

“did not have actionable intelligence that indicated that hundreds of people were going to breach the Capitol or storm the Capitol.”

Capitol Gallows via Flickr / Tyler Merbler https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

A report in February by FBI Special Agent Patricia Norden, however, stated:

“users in multiple online groups and platforms discussed traveling to the Capitol armed or making plans to start a ‘revolution’ on that day….Individuals participating in the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally were angered about the results of the 2020 presidential election.”

Discussions of a revolution were “found in a review of open source and social media posts leading up to and during the event,” according to Norden’s report.

January 6 via Flickr / Tyler Merbler https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Wray was a little evasive in his testimony last week on what FBI intelligence may have been collected on social media:

“We have very specific policies … that govern our ability to use social media. When we have an authorized purpose and proper predication, there’s a lot of things we can do on social media, and we do do, and we aggressively do. But what we can’t do … without proper predication and an authorized purpose, [is] just monitor ‘just in case’ on social media.”

Committee chair Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, said during the house hearings that her committee had obtained documents showing that Parler, the social media site that was then a favorite of far-right extremists, had alerted the FBI more than 50 times of users discussing a violent revolution, with the company saying it “even alerted law enforcement to specific threats of violence being planned at the Capitol.”

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Some of the posts read aloud in the hearing were things like  “This is not a rally and it’s no longer a protest. This is a final stand where we are drawing the red line at Capitol Hill” and  “Everyone is coming with weapons” and “Don’t be surprised if we take the Capitol.”

 


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