WATCH: Clint Watts On New Jan 6th Insurrection Reports
A Senate report has revealed new details about security failures ahead of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, but conveniently omits Trump’s role in stirring up the rally crowd to stop the counting of the electoral votes that would certify Joe Biden as President.
Those previously unknown details about the stunning security breakdowns ahead of the Capitol attack include a finding that the US Capitol Police’s main intelligence unit “was aware of the potential for violence” beforehand.
The report adds even more legitimate emphasis to previous evidence that there were massive intelligence failures, critical miscommunications, and unheeded warnings that ultimately led to the chaotic response that day. Among the failures was an inability by intelligence officials to tie together a massive amount of right-wing internet chatter leading up to the riot and a reliance on using past, non-violent Trump rallies in security planning.
But there are also several glaring omissions in the report, which was compiled by the Senate Homeland Security and Rules Committees, including any kind of an examination of Donald Trump’s role in the riots. For this particular report to have support from both parties the language had to be carefully crafted, and that included excluding the word “insurrection,” which notably does not appear outside of witness quotes and footnotes.
The first congressional report on the Capitol riot is the most detailed account yet of the dozens of intelligence failures, miscommunications and security lapses that led to what senators called an "unprecedented attack" on American democracy.https://t.co/ohFuhtWhxU
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 8, 2021
“Did we look at Trump’s role in the attack? The answer is no,” a Senate committee aide told reporters.
Because the report is so narrow in its scope, it ends up leaving more questions unanswered than not, which points to the need for a January 6th Commission. Clint Watts, MSNBC national security analyst joined MSNBC’s Chris Jansing on Tuesday to discuss a new report outlining missed warning signs the Jan. 6 insurrection could happen. Watch the segment, below.