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ASenate investigation report into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot released Tuesday has found sweeping intelligence and communications failures by law enforcement ahead of the riot.

The 127-page report, a bipartisan review of events, pieces together multiple warnings of violence from protesters ahead of the riot. The report shows Capitol security officials were aware of threats from protesters as early as late December, according to Politico.

Security officials had access to social media posts by protesters, complete with calls to “Surround every building with a tunnel entrance/exit” and to “Bring guns. It’s now or never.”

The joint report came from the Senate Rules and Homeland Security committees.

“There were significant, widespread and unacceptable breakdowns in the intelligence gathering,” Democratic Sen. Gary Peters, chairman of the homeland security panel, said Tuesday, according to The Washington Post. “The failure to adequately assess the threat of violence on that day contributed significantly to the breach of the Capitol,” “The attack was, quite frankly, planned in plain sight.”

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Jan 6 Video Shows 38% of Protesters Were Waved Through West Terrace Door by Cops

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Was the Capitol incursion an “armed insurrection” as many on the left have been claiming for months?

Not even close.

As it turns out, as many as 38 percent of the so-called “insurrectionists” may have been invited, or at least allowed, into the building by law enforcement officers.

Security footage unveiled by Sen. Ron Johnson on Thursday reveals that over 300 unauthorized individuals entered the Capitol building through the upper West Terrace doorway while five U.S. Capitol Police officers stood nearby.

One officer was even “gesturing toward the doors as these individuals walked past him.”

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Usually, armed insurrections don’t start with police officers peacefully inviting the “insurrectionists” inside.

“I think it’s extremely important to create an accurate, historical record of exactly what happened so the false narrative of thousands of armed insurrectionists doesn’t last,” Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican, said on Sunday’s episode of “Life, Liberty & Levin.”

“That is why I have my staff going and reviewing the relevant parts of the 14 hours worth of surveillance and we’re finding out some pretty interesting things,” Johnson said.

“That’s about how, about 38 percent of the approximately 800 people that entered the Capitol. No confrontation, they just basically walked in the door,” Johnson said.

To further make his point, Johnson also pointed out that many of the supposed “insurrectionists” didn’t exactly behave as one might expect.

“It doesn’t look like an armed insurrection when you have people that breached the Capitol — and I don’t condone it — but they’re staying within the rope lines in the rotunda,” Johnson said.

“That’s not what an armed insurrection would look like.”

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11 senators were totally absent from Jan. 6 commission vote

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Two Democrats and nine Republicans missed the Friday vote

Eleven senators missed the high-stakes Senate procedural vote Friday on legislation to form a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission to investigate the Capitol attack.

The vote was initially anticipated for Thursday, but when it got bumped to the Friday before the long Memorial Day weekend, several senators opted to maintain their travel plans and left Washington before casting their vote. Some senators said they had longstanding family obligations or other work commitments outside of D.C., while others did not provide an immediate explanation to Fox News.

Two Democrats – Sens. Patty Murray of Washington and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona – missed the Friday vote that started around 11:30 a.m. And nine Republicans were also absent from the chamber: Sens. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Mike Braun of Indiana, Richard Burr of North Carolina, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, James Risch of Idaho, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Richard Shelby of Alabama and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania.

Murray said she had to fly home for a “personal family matter.” But Sinema, a moderate Democrat who has supported maintaining the legislative filibuster, caught plenty of heat from the left for not showing up for the vote, especially after calling the Jan. 6 commission “critical” and imploring her GOP colleagues to support it.

“Sinema is a coward’s coward,” tweeted supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

A spokesperson for Sinema did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment and she did not offer an explanation for Sinema’s absence to the senator’s home state paper either, the Arizona Republic.

The final tally Friday was 54 senators supporting moving forward with the Jan. 6 commission bill and 35 senators opposed to the procedural vote. But the legislation needed 60 votes to overcome the GOP filibuster and fell short of that threshold. Friday marked the first successful GOP filibuster during the Biden presidency.

Six Republicans joined with all the Democrats present to move forward with debating the bill: Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Rob Portman of Ohio.

Toomey had to miss a vote on the Jan. 6 commission on May 28, 2021, due to a family commitment, his spokesperson said. (Sarah Silbiger/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., questions Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during a Congressional Oversight Commission hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday Dec. 10, 2020. Toomey had to miss a vote on the Jan. 6 commission on May 28, 2021, due to a family commitment, his spokesperson said.

Toomey would have been a seventh GOP “yes” vote to proceed on the Jan. 6 commission legislation had he been present, but he had a family commitment Friday he had to attend, according to his spokesperson. Toomey was also supportive of an amendment that Collins was to offer that addressed GOP concerns on staffing and the duration of the commission.

Three more GOP senators would have needed to buck their leadership to break the filibuster. Based on the previous statements of the other absent Republicans, their presence would not have changed the final outcome of effectively killing the Jan. 6 independent panel – at least for now.

Shelby’s office said the senator had to return to Alabama for a family engagement. Risch also returned to his home state of Idaho to attend the high school graduation for his two granddaughters. Both senators opposed the Jan. 6 commission, according to their offices.

Blackburn, R-Tenn., would have also been a “no” vote had she been in attendance believing there’s already enough ongoing investigations into the attack.

“The FBI has arrested almost 500 people in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach and multiple congressional committees are also investigating,” a Blackburn spokesperson said in a statement to Fox News. “Those investigations and prosecutions are ongoing and do not require any interference.”

Blunt skipped the Senate vote so he could maintain a commitment to attend a reopening ceremony in Missouri for Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

Rounds, R-S.D., missed the vote Friday for preplanned work travel overseas.

Senate GOP members held a policy luncheon to discuss the Republican agenda. Rounds had to miss a vote on the Jan. 6 commission on May 28, 2021, due to work travel overseas, his spokesperson said. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Getty Images)

“Senator Rounds is currently fulfilling his responsibilities critical to his role on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees by meeting with strategic partners and military leaders in war zones overseas,” said Dezmond Ward, Rounds communications director, who noted the senator opposed the Jan. 6 commission.

Under the proposal that already passed the House, the Jan. 6 panel would have been a 10-person bipartisan commission. Half of the commissioners would be appointed by Democrats and the other half would be appointed by Republicans. The commission would have subpoena power to carry out the investigation, but only if there is bipartisan support to issue them.

The commission would have to issue a final report by Dec. 31, 2021.


Democrats argued the nonpartisan investigation – modeled after the bipartisan 9/11 commission – was needed to get to the root of the Jan. 6 attack and to make policy recommendations on how to prevent such violence in the future. Republicans, however, privately expressed political concerns that rehashing the attack would undermine their messaging in their effort to win back Congress in 2022.

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Man who breached Pelosi’s office in Capitol riot to be released from jail pending trial

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The man who welcomed himself into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot will be released from jail and await further court proceedings from his home.

A Washington, D.C. District judge on Tuesday deemed Richard Barnett, 60, not dangerous enough to be locked up any longer and ordered his release pending trial.

Just recently, a federal appeals court ruling has made it more difficult for the Justice Department to keep defendants jailed unless they are accused of assault or planning an attack. 

Barnett was arrested two days after the insurrection in home state of Arkansas and was extradited to the D.C. District Court, which put him behind bars pending trial.

He has pleaded not guilty to seven criminal counts, and prosecutors say he could face up to six years or more in prison if convicted.

“Consider this a test,” Judge Christopher “Casey” told Barnett about his release, which will be electronically monitored, according to CNN.

Cooper also cited as concerns Barnett’s his outlandish behavior during the riot – which would include him putting his feet on Pelosi’s desk – and his possible adherence to QAnon conspiracy theories.

Barnett’s attorney Joseph D. McBride, appeared to suggest the possibility of a plea deal.

“As of now, we are awaiting further discovery from the government, and we are looking to proceed to trial,” McBride said. “Should an acceptable offer materialize between now and then, then we will give it due and proper consideration.”

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