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Capitol Police intelligence head says she warned of potential violence before the insurrection — but the security assessment was ignored

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The intelligence head of the US Capitol Police said she warned of potential violence before the January 6, 2021, insurrection, but that the security assessment was ignored.

“We knew there were going to be thousands of protestors, and we knew there were going to be extremists there, and I knew things were not going to be good that day,” Julie Farnam, the acting intelligence director for the Capitol Police, told CBS Mornings in an interview that aired Wednesday. 

An intelligence assessment, obtained by CBS News, was given by Farnam to Capitol Police leadership three days before the riot and warned that protestors planned to show up armed at the Capitol. 

“There was no other agency in the federal government except the Capitol Police that wrote a comprehensive assessment and report that outlined the violence that was expected that day,” Farnam said.

Farnam said she believes her team doesn’t bear responsibility for the riots, adding that once the assessment was sent to Capitol Police leadership, she had no control over where it went.  

As the one-year anniversary of the deadly insurrection approaches, the Department of Justice said there has been 725 people arrested in connection with the riot.

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