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While the bipartisan House committee is at work to uncover the truth behind the Capitol insurrection last January 6, more details are also coming to light from evidence surfacing on the internet. A memo revealed how disgraced former President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security restricted the flow of election-related threats to law enforcement prior to the insurrection.
A memo from Trump’s Homeland Security Department back in October revealed that the agency was restricting the flow of threats related to the bitter 2020 elections between Trump and Joe Biden, with Biden coming out the winner. The memo revealed that all open-source intelligence reports including threats made by netizens on social media are subject to review out of First Amendment concerns before they would be shared with law enforcement officials.
The memo was obtained by the left-leaning government watchdog, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington or CREW are now raising concerns as the memo was written by former DHS intelligence chief, Joseph Maher. Maher is currently staff for the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection.
“Because of the very real concerns about apparent failures to disseminate and act on intelligence in the leadup to the January 6 insurrection, this memo raises important questions about the intent behind the change, the origins of it, and the effect this policy change had on intelligence dissemination,” said CREW president Noah Bookbinder in an appearance on CNN. “The January 6 select committee should consider these questions.”
Mark Zaid, who is the attorney representing a DHS whistleblower, Brian Murphy, questioned how Maher is serving on the committee when the panel is investigating whether the DHS did its job properly.
More details on what was happening behind the scenes during the insurrection also came to light this week, from an upcoming book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, “Peril.” The book revealed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly told Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley that the twice impeached now-former president should have been arrested immediately after inciting the coup that was the Capitol insurrection.
During a phone call with Milley back in January, Pelosi also said, “The Republicans have blood on their hands,” for enabling Trump’s delusions that he could do anything to stay in power.