The email obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington was sent from the FBI’s field office in DC to the US Secret Service and provides a short summary of a Metropolitan Police Department briefing on January 5. The email notes that eight firearms were recovered and five arrests were made at a pro-Trump event in November 2020 and points out that no firearms were recovered related to a similar pro-Trump rally the following month.
But, it says, “Social media reporting is urging individuals attending the events on January 6 to come armed. No threats have been identified.”
More than nine months after the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, which left more than 140 law enforcement officers injured and resulted in the death of US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, the newly obtained email provides additional evidence that law enforcement dramatically misread the situation in the critical days before the riot.
Further, the document shows how local law enforcement knew DC-area hotels were sold out, indicating that a large crowd would be in the city around that time.
The extremist Proud Boys group is also highlighted in the document, although it says “the number expected” to attend the rally was “unknown.” Several members of the far-right group are facing conspiracy charges for their roles in the insurrection.
CNN has reached out to the Metropolitan Police Department and the FBI for comment. The Secret Service declined CNN’s request for comment.