Leahy hears that authorities knew extremists might instigate violence at Capitol riots

U.S. Army National Guard/Michelle Gonzalez

HEARING THE TRUTH?: While many Vermont politicians believed former President Donal Trump incited riots on Jan. 6 by saying “fight and show strength,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., continues to hear evidence that anti-Trump provocateurs were involved.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., on Tuesday heard lawmakers and law enforcement say there was foreknowledge that members of anti-Trump extremist groups would be at the infamous Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

During a meeting of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Rules Committee, Leahy asked former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund why police weren’t ready for the swarm of people who breached the Capitol building and proceeded to vandalize it.

“I really wonder why we didn’t take this seriously enough to be prepared for them,” Leahy said. “The hours it took to bring in the National Guard, and everything else. … You said there wasn’t enough intelligence there, but in the same letter you stated that the intelligence assessment I’m quoting here indicated that members of the Proud Boys, white supremacist groups, Antifa and other extremist groups were expected to participate in the January 6 event, and they may be inclined to become violent. How much more intelligence do we need than that?”

Leahy asserted that he believes the attacks were coordinated.

“I look at the lives that were lost, the police who fought, who protected our capitol,” he said. “We saw this as a violent, and I would say planned and organized attack on the United States and the United States government by domestic terrorists. I hope that they all will be prosecuted as fully as they can.”

Leahy added because Trump urged his supporters that day to “fight and show strength,” that means that Trump deserves blame for the riots.

Sund said Capitol Police had planned for “the possibility of violence and the possibility of some people being armed,” but he added that they did not anticipate “a coordinated military-style attack involving thousands against the capitol.”

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., shared a Capitol riot eyewitness account by the Center for Security Policy analyst J. Michael Waller. According to that account, the vast majority of Trump supporters on Jan .6 were strongly in support of the Capitol Police, and the violence was started by small groups that did not appear to be sincere Trump supporters.

“The pro-police crowd went from disbelief and confusion to anger [when the violence started],” Johnson read. ” … The last five pages is titled, ‘Provocateurs Turn Unsuspecting Marchers into Invading Mob.'”

Johnson added that he has a long list of questions in a letter he gave to committee Chair Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. regarding what really happened.

“[I am] hoping that you will ask these questions and investigate these issues, and I’ll be listening,” he said.

Johnson’s questions may not get answered. As Peters recently said in a statement regarding Trump’s second impeachment acquittal, “Trump violated his oath of office by inciting a violent, deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol and our democracy.”

Johnson asked Sund if law enforcement anticipated a breach of security.

“A breach of the capital is not something anybody anticipated,” Sund responded. “Nor do I think some of our federal partners expected it. I don’t think Secret Service would have brought up the vice president if they expected it.”

One federal partner did know something. The Washington Post reported that the FBI’s field office in Norfolk, Virginia, warned law enforcement on Jan. 5 that extremists could attack the nation’s capital. This warning included knowledge of conspirators distributing a map of the city’s tunnels and meeting points where they could gather.

Later on, Leahy suggested that the military presence in Washington, D.C., may continue for the foreseeable future.

“I think until we root out the hate that drove the rioters through the doors that day, no fence or tank or barrier is going to provide the safety we need,” he said.

The Vermont senator also acknowledged that safety comes with a tradeoff. At one point he referenced the words of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin: “Those who give up a piece of liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Michael Bielawski is a reporter for True North. Send him news tips at bielawski82@yahoo.com and follow him on Twitter @TrueNorthMikeB.

Image courtesy of U.S. Army National Guard/Michelle Gonzalez

27 thoughts on “Leahy hears that authorities knew extremists might instigate violence at Capitol riots

  1. Patty and the the other stooges knew well before the 6th that there was a possibility of violence. Did they accept the offer of help from Trump? NO, they ignored the intel and now they can sit on their high horses and claim plausible deniability!
    They cant / shouldn’t be trusted and need to be retired if not charged with abetting.

  2. Thank you. Mike, for reporting on this. We need more True North style reporters. Hope you’ll infiltrate the MSM reporting world that overshadows Vermont

  3. I watched 5 hours on TV. The Trump supporter were in HUGE numbers and dressed in colorful street clothes. Watching them move was like watching a slow moving river. TV showed that well.
    But TV loves violence, so after the first shove, they rarely showed the peaceful Republicans. Around 4 pm the peaceful began to move like a slow moving river back to their transportation to go home. They had shown Congress their determination and strength – peacefully.

    Then came the thugs, dressed in drab military clothing, HELMETS, full back packs, 2 way radios, truncheons. climbing gear, Military tactics complete, sprays, flash bangs, tools clubs. full riot gear and equipment.
    NO CHANCE there was a Republican doing violence in that hoard.!!!

    Clearly Trump haters, Clearly hoping Biden would win – yeah!!
    Free rides for all who would take down America by hook or crook!

  4. Surface politics: bad Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and threatened all America.

    What really happened: Trump fell into a well-laid trap that would help turn Americans against him and his supporters and segue into calls for cancelling “misinformation” that led to such disgraceful acts. It would also distract attention from voting irregularities.

    We all know such things happen.

    Why was there such a light police presence with no backup despite that all of downtown Washington was boarded up for fear of violence? Don’t give us that “we really didn’t think there would be a problem” BS. It all went down exactly as planned. What we really need to know, which Leahy and friends will not find out, is: who were the chief architects? That info is buried deep.

    “The hate that drove the rioters through the doors that day.” Well now, there’s our answer, right? Those nasty, hate-filled Trump supporters is what done it. We’ll not be safe until we root out those domestic terrorists: that’s the story for the newspapers.

    My guess is that the vast majority of protesters were very much like the busload that came from Vermont. I doubt very much that those were the ones with the climbing gear and the clubs.

  5. I’m willing to bet that the ‘Three Stooges’ of our congressional delegation never see anything written to them from Vermonters, unless it involves blowing sunshine up their pants legs. Vermont’s three political hacks are surrounded by ranks of dim witted, twinkly-eyed minions who intercept and make up responses to any correspondence sent. Hell, I’m willing to bet that the entire democrat contingency in Washington DC is working out of the same prepared response book to the myriad of questions constituents might ask. The legislation they introduce or support is written by lobbyists; their letters are prepared by staffers; and their talking points are basically orders handed down from on high to be used as needed. Their party does not encourage original thought. And as the hearings concerning the January 6 , 2021 capital riots are disclosing what really happened, for God’s sake, don’t confound and confuse them with the truth and the facts–their heads are liberal to explode…

      • To include what the three stooges have made being in US Congress and as said, doesn’t include the perks.
        Leahy: $5,626,462.50 (1975-2021)
        Sanders: $1,601,400 + $2,596,400 = $4,197,800 (1991-2021)
        Welch: $3,988,500 (2007-2021)
        TOTAL: $13,812,762.50 (1975 to 2021)

        This is from the above link summed up. If you can’t financially survive on your own wits, get elected. This fact also includes those in Montpelier.

  6. This past week was the birthday of the greatest of all the Presidents of our Republic, George Washington. If our nation has had a reason for its success, it is largely due to the example set by our first President who put virtue and his country ahead of any desire for personal power. Washington hated party politics and the way they blinded people to the truth in attempts to defend their side.

    In his Farewell Address he wrote: “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissention has perpetrated the most horrible enormities. The disorder and miseries which result, gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purpose of his own elevation, on the ruins of Public Liberty.”

    • John,

      Washington must be cancelled, statues taken down, pictures removed, etc., because he was a slave owner, and so was Jefferson.

      Hell, why not cancel all of US history, and start with Obama

      • Willem,
        Ah yes. The danger when we let our passions get the best of us is that we neglect to see things in a historical context. Fortunately, the founders of our Republic included provisions for Amendments of the Constitution. This has allowed our country to move forward from the 18th century, and address the shortcomings of that age by becoming ever more inclusive and just. The 13th and 14th Amendments outlawing slavery and expanding the rights of citizenship to African-Americans and the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote are among the most prominent examples.

        We are part of a glorious experiment in self-government. We all, as citizens of this Republic, are beneficiaries of sacrifices made in the past and bear great a great responsibility in using this gift prudently and wisely and if at all possible, fine tuning it and not damaging it, as we try to fit our age and understanding.

        • So that means that we’ll do a red-team scrutiny of this past presidential election, right, to ensure that the people’s voice is always accurately counted?

          Or does that mean that “there’s nothing to see here” and that all accusations of election irregularities are unfounded?

          Our Constitution means little if we cancel the voices, and votes, of the Unworthy. I have many friends on the left who I have absolutely no doubt would have cancelled Trump votes if they could. These are good, honest people who’ve been infected by the manufactured virus of TDS.

          • Jim = John Freitag conjoined siamese twin – red pill version. must create own ‘conservative’ friend(s) after alienating community as is the wont of diabolical Democrats.

        • Passions getting the best of us? Like the passions engendered by TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome)? I’ve seen this first-hand. No amount of reasoning can convince these people that Trump didn’t say to drink bleach, even though he didn’t. No amount of facts can convince them that he’s opposed to White Supremacy.

    • What a tangled web we weave much lol. Blue-pilled John created Red-pilled Jim as sleeper sockpuppet as counterpunch to making lots of enemies due to choosing unsubstantive contrarian position, complete with deceptive commentary and refusal to answer questions or provide sources when asked. Routine dishonesty and rank hypocrisy along with smooth silver-tounged sophistry has defined activity.

      Needs a conservative ‘friend’ to converse with as the ones replying are either extremely negative or point out the aforementioned. I can count on one finger a commenter who replies generously ignoring troll position.

      Anyone involved with blogosphere, chat rooms and comment platforms recognizes this as classic infamous internet trolling behavior. It is also done to create accounts which heap praise upon resident contrarians who wish to appear accepted while posting positions which serve own agenda and not the mission of the website and to vastly inflate influence and acceptence of message. Follow the ‘money’ lol.

      Typically unverifiable mysterious accounts starting as infrequent one-comment drive-bys as a sleeper account. Once accepted or ignored is used to bolster and/or simultaneously ‘disagree’ but goal is to create oasis in self-created hostile environment or to inflate their message w self-created coterie of ‘friends’.

      If one does not wish to be considered as such – may I suggest not channeling aforementioned behavior as it is destructive to the soul of internet communities – forewarned is forearmed.

  7. Any average idiot knew that there was a potential for bad things to happen that day and that based on the past few years, the violence would not be from Trump supporters but fakes. The fact that the National Guard wasn’t there to combat any uprisings makes it fairly obvious that the Dems wanted something to happen so they could further their anti-Trump attacks; pretty straight forward. Everything is a lie and a sham.

  8. Of course, they knew there was going to be issues, even DJT requested that the
    National Guard be called in, DemocRATs, I assume Pelosi denied the request as
    anything to make Trump look bad….. how pathetic….now that’s unity, right Joe !!

    There were hundreds of thousands that attended the rally ” peacefully “, but it
    turned into a sad day and those ” Goons ” destroyed the Capitol, what a shame
    and all involved should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and those that
    funded this fiasco should also be held accountable.

    All this because of a fraud election, and a sham impeachment, that’s why the Chief
    Justice didn’t show, he knew it had no validity, Leahy should hold his head in shame,
    but he thinks it’s a feather in his cap……….. .

    • Senator Lehey is certainly singing a new song and perhaps trying to cover for his own gross misjudgment in seating himself to sit as Judge officiating the sham impeachment hearing after Justice Robert’s appropriately refused.

      Before the impeachment hearing I emailed our Senator Lehey asking him under what authority he volunteered to sit in place of the Supreme Court Justice as is required in the Constitution. i asked our Senator Lehey, as a fellow member of the Vermont Bar, to please explain to me his legal authority to sit on what was slated as an impeachment hearing. I have not found he even attempted to reply.
      I personally feel defrauded by our Senator’s lack of respect for our Constitution and his lack of candor to me and every citizen in this Country.

      • Judy:
        This has been building for a while. Long story short, Leahy has been in D C for way too long. He is in good company with the current President, who both suffer from the same disorders.

  9. Someone needs to ask Pat why he why he allowed doctored evidence to be introduced into the most sacred structure in our capital and why he did not penalize the impeachment managers for using such fraudulent measures.

    These people are a pack of liars.

    These are the same people that allow congressman Eric swalwell to remain on the intelligence committee beside Peter Welch congressman from Vermont without calling from his removal in spite of the fact he was sleeping with a Chinese spy.

    Patrick Leahy and Peter Welch and Bernie Sanders are a disgrace to anyone with an ounce of intelligence in the state of Vermont.

    Someone needs to also ask Mr Leahy where he claims his residence to be and where he actually resides.

    • Please please please write Leahy and tell him exactly what you wrote here. I agree 100%. I also wrote him and asked him why he didn’t have enough integrity to not be part of such a profoundly dishonest process. Presented with a case where the defendant was not allowed to defend himself. Lead by a person who would never even make it into the jury pool of this case if it was in a court of law, never mind heading it up. Then evidence was presented that also would never see the inside of a courtroom. Please write him and copy Bernie and Pat. I’ve written them as well. Only two words to describe all three – Liars, liars and a third word to describe them . . . Liars!

    • Leahy sure isn’t in Vermont anymore hasn’t been for a long time. years….

      How can he be a Vermont Senator if he doesn’t reside here??? oh that’s right he’s a senile demoncRAT..The only time he comes to VT is when he is going to be on TV or in the paper.
      The 3 AMIGOS need to be GONE. The senile old fart, the commie, and the little coward

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