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Secret Service Minimized Threats Before Jan. 6, Records Show

  • Agency’s intelligence division repeatedly dismissed alerts
  • Internal reports cite ‘no indication of civil disobedience’
Excerpts from Secret Service reports displayed on a screen during a hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Oct. 13.

Excerpts from Secret Service reports displayed on a screen during a hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Oct. 13.

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A Secret Service unit responsible for identifying threats repeatedly downplayed advance warnings of potential violence on Jan. 6, 2021, newly released documents show, a lapse that is now part of the House investigation into the attack on the US Capitol.

The Secret Service Protective Intelligence & Assessment Division’s preparation and response to Jan. 6 is laid bare in nearly 900 pages of emails, internal reports and threat assessments obtained by Bloomberg News in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.