FBI warned of ‘battle’ menace day earlier than Capitol riots

The FBI issued a dire warning on the day earlier than the Capitol riots that violent extremists have been planning an armed rebellion in Washington, a plot the attackers described as “battle” to coincide with Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral Faculty victory, officers confirmed Tuesday.

Assistant FBI Director Steven D’Antuono stated the intelligence report, ready the bureau’s Norfolk, Virginia, workplace, included a “thread from a message board” that described an array of preparations for an assault, together with a map of Capitol-area tunnels and staging areas in in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

Throughout a Justice Division briefing, D’Antuono stated the knowledge was shared inside “40 minutes” with legislation enforcement companions, together with the Joint Terrorism Process Forces, which incorporates the U.S. Capitol Police, the legislation enforcement company that led the failed response.

The contents of the warning, first disclosed earlier Tuesday the Washington Submit, included ominous language calling for attackers to “be able to battle.”

“Congress wants to listen to glass breaking, doorways being kicked in … Go there prepared for battle. We get our President or we die. NOTHING else will obtain this aim,” the Submit reported, citing the doc.

D’Antuono stated the warning was a part of a cache of intelligence that the FBI shared with legislation enforcement companions within the run-up to the Jan. 6 riots. The prescient nature of the Norfolk warning, nevertheless, appeared to characterize probably the most severe of the alarms that have been touched off previous to the lethal assault.

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