Report: Informant Warned FBI That January 6 Was a ‘Big’ Threat Weeks BEFORE Capitol Riot, They Did Nothing

An informant for the FBI warned the bureau weeks in advance that January 6th posed a “big” threat of violence, but was ultimately ignored.

The news comes from a previously unreported email uncovered by NBC News which said “far-right” groups were looking at a tweet by former President Trump saying the protest at the Capitol would be “wild” as a “call to arms.”

“Trump tweeted what people on the right are considering a call to arms in DC on Jan 6,” the source reported to the FBI on December 19th.

“Big protest in D.C. on January 6th,” Trump tweeted in the early morning hours that day. “Be there, will be wild!”

As evidence that extremists had misconstrued the tweet as a signal for violence, the informant highlighted an uptick in messages speaking of Civil War and a willingness to sacrifice lives.

All of the information was sent to the FBI on the 19th and, as NBC News indicates, “adds to the mounting evidence that the FBI had intelligence warnings that Jan. 6 was a major threat.”

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Informant Warned FBI of January 6 Violence Weeks Earlier

Perhaps even more alarming than his warning weeks before the January 6th riot was how the informant now views the handling of that information by the FBI and the free pass they’ve received in failing to stop things from getting out of hand.

As The Political Insider has reported, the January 6 committee investigating the events of that day has largely ignored evidence that the FBI and other law enforcement failed to properly prepare.

The select committee this week released its summary of their investigation focusing predominantly on Trump, rather than the failures of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

According to NBC News:

The source said they were perplexed by the committee’s efforts to avoid reaching what seemed to them, and to many experts, as an obvious conclusion: that law enforcement failed to adequately respond to the intelligence in its possession ahead of the Jan. 6 attack.

Avoiding the ‘obvious conclusion’ perplexed the source. 

“My first response was, like, what the f***?” they said. “The bureau saw this coming.”

They saw it coming and did nothing to stop it. Ask yourself why that might be.

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How Many Informants?

It’s one thing to miss something that might not be laid wide out in the open, but it’s another knowing the FBI had at least one informant state specifically that January 6th had the potential of escalating and still couldn’t stop it.

And it gets worse.

Court documents examined by the New York Times show the FBI had as many as eight informants embedded with the “Proud Boys” group in the months leading up to the Capitol riot.

Prior to that, the Times publicized that the FBI had another well-placed informant within the Oath Keepers, another group that allegedly took part in the protest.

Last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray said he had to “be very careful” about answering questions about whether the bureau had informants dressed as Trump supporters in the crowd.

It isn’t just the information that was buried before the riot either.

Another source tells NBC News that they’re concerned about a coverup by the select committee:

A separate source familiar with the Jan. 6 committee’s work confirmed that the Dec. 19, 2020, tip to the FBI was in the possession of the committee and was among many examples of intelligence the FBI received ahead of the Jan. 6 attack. That source expected that the Dec. 19 tip would be excluded from the Jan. 6 committee’s full report.

If that were to happen, it would be further evidence that the select committee has been little more than a sham, designed exclusively to ‘get Trump.’

The source went on to explain that they had submitted “hundreds of pages of reports over the two weeks proceeding Jan. 6.”

They note that this information didn’t involve random calls to a tip line or submissions through generic web forms. It came directly from a trusted and vetted source.

“This went to an agent directly,” they said. “To me, there’s no excuse to say, ‘We didn’t see this coming.’”

At the end of their report, NBC News reveals that the informant received a thank you for providing information on the potential of violence at the January 6th riot.

“[I]t’s good to be able to help DC get their ducks in a row before anything happens,” an email from the FBI stated.

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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  • Right out of the play book of Adolf Hitler these alphabet organizations have studied all those books and are capable of implementing any they need to use as a tool against the American people.

    The alphabet army take their marching orders from the Swamp and do what they are told to do. When will people wake up and demand accountability on all of them.

    Oh I forgot they can just say its in the interest of National Security and you don't need to know about it or you don't need to challenge us on it. Doing so makes you a home grown terrorist and now your on a list for exercising your first Amendment.

    One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
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  • This is no surprise - Pelosi has been as committed as HRC when it comes to getting rid of Trump - it began b4 he even announced he was running the 1st time. I'm sure if e mails etc. were looked at closer you might even find correspondence between the 2. Failure to prosecute HRC and others for the false Dossier is just the beginning of the evidence that the Democrats never play fair. Praying the new House will take them down like a set of bowling pins when there's a strike !

  • So an "informant" told the FBI that a jan6 protest would become violent due to FBI agents creating chaos? But what about all those people that were let into the Capitol building, standing politely within the roped walkway?

  • The FBI did do something. They engineered the "insurrection with the help of the DNC through Pelosi and Schumer. Paid for by Soros, Clinton Foundation et al and BLM/Antifa bussed in by dozens of Gray Line busses from the Northeast. A staged production by them orchestrated through the FBI. Dozens of Trump fans were coerced in as they knew the True people would do no harm.

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