On a recent Tuesday morning, “Fox & Friends” hosted Senator John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana, who commented on a fresh Senate committee report about the events leading up to the Capitol riot on January 6th. The senator from Louisiana criticized the House’s prior inquiry into the January 6th incident as overly partisan and fraught with problems. He drew attention to findings by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee suggesting that a significant volume of intelligence data had been minimized or disregarded by the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security before the riot.
Senator Kennedy said:
We haven’t had an opportunity to have a real objective analysis of what happened on January 6, before and after. What the Democrats in the House did was basically a partisan car wreck. We only got half of the information. Republicans were excluded. There have been no attempts in the Senate, by Senator Schumer. I think what we need is an objective look, if necessary, by some nonpartisan outside experts. The American people would like to know. But it’s gotten so politicized. I was there on the sixth [Jan. 6, 2021]. It was an abomination. I’m sorry that it happened. I wish it hadn’t happened, but we’re entitled to know, the American people are, why it happened. And if [the] federal government had advance notice and if so, why wasn’t it better prepared? I just don’t think any of that’s reasonable. But it’s all shot through with politics now.
…. I just don’t know why the Justice Department and the leadership in the House and Senate and the FBI won’t just tell the American people the truth. The institutions in Washington are not going to regain their integrity in the eyes of the American people until they start telling the truth, and I’m afraid the problem is that all these people think the American people are morons. Now, it’s true the American people don’t read Aristotle every day because they’re too busy earning a living and they may be poorer under Joe Biden, but they’re not stupid. They get that something is very, very wrong in all this and it upsets them that they, on both sides, that they can’t get any answers.
According to the Senate committee’s chairperson, who is releasing a new report on the intelligence oversights leading up to the uprising, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security either downplayed or ignored a considerable amount of intelligence data in the lead up to the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021.
The report provides a detailed analysis of the failure of these agencies to recognize and alert of the potential for violence, despite the fact that supporters of then-President Donald Trump were openly plotting the attack in online messages and discussion boards.