Do you still remember the horrifying incident of the Capitol attack that happened on January 6 this year? Probably, this memory is still fresh in the minds of every American in the country. As the investigation still occurs today, a representative from the Congress found out Parler (an app that was used by protestors to conduct the incident) already notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of possible attacks in the Capitol, way before the Jan. 6 date. Then, why did it still happen?
FBI knew about the attack?
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, conducted a House Oversight Committee hearing on Tuesday, June 15. This hearing is set to focus on the investigation about the Capitol attack.
As the hearing starts, Rep. Maloney revealed an interesting fact about the said incident. Turns out, Parler app already reported about possible Capitol attacks, over 50 times, to the FBI; but, no response was notified back from the agency.
“Committee has obtained docs showing that … Parler sent the FBI evidence of planned violence in DC on January 6. Parlor referred this content to FBI for investigation OVER 50 TIMES” including “specific threats of violence being planned at the Capitol.”
This was a shocking information since the FBI was the main party handling the investigation about the attack. If the report is right, it could be a major issue in the department, since the US election was majorly affected by the said incident.
What FBI has to say
Rep. Maloney’s revelation on the hearing allowed other congressmen to ask FBI for answers about the issue. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) joined the questioning and personally asked the agency’s Director Christopher Wray for a follow-up explanation on the issue. Not so surprisingly, the FBI Director refused to answer the inquiries and said that they are not aware about the intensity of the said attack.
“We’ve had so much information, I’m reluctant to answer any questions about the word ‘any,’” Wray said. “Certainly we were aware of online chatter about the potential for violence, but I’m not aware that we had any intelligence indicating that hundreds of individuals were going to storm the Capitol itself, to my knowledge.”
The director also added on the report that Parler could have sent emails to their department, way before the incident. However, the warnings might have been sent to other offices in the agency.
“My understanding is that they sent emails to a particular Field Office and that some of those contained possible threat information and some of them were referred to domestic terrorism squads,” he added.
Parler insisted of having communication with FBI
Ever since Parler app was directly connected to the Capitol attack, a lot of issues were faced by them including the app shutting down. Despite these problems, the app’s developers still insisted in most hearings that the warnings were already sent to FBI, way before the attack.
“Far from being the far-right instigator and rogue company that Big Tech has portrayed Parler to be, the facts conclusively demonstrate that Parler has been a responsible and law-abiding company focused on ensuring that only free and lawful speech exists on its platform,” Parler’s lawyers wrote in the letter.