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    FBI agents warned about violence in Washington, a day before deadly U.S. Capitol siege: report

    FBI agents in Virginia reportedly warned the bureau about extremists heading to Washington a day before pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

    The bureau’s Norfolk, Va. office sent out an internal document Jan. 5 raising concerns about online chatter that “discussed specific calls for violence” in the nation’s capital, the Washington Post reported.

    “Get violent. Stop calling this a march, or rally, or a protest. Go there ready for war. We get our President or we die. NOTHING else will achieve this goal,” the document said, according to the Post.

    The newly released document contradicts previous claims that the FBI wasn’t prepared for the deadly Jan. 6 siege.

    The head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Steven D’Antuono, insisted Friday “there was no indication that there was anything (planned) other than First Amendment-protected activity.”

    The agency and local law enforcement have come under fire for their delayed response to the Capitol building attack that killed five people, including a Capitol police officer.

    On Tuesday, D’Antuono acknowledged the FBI’s Norfolk office warning and said it was shared with all local law enforcement. But he noted the agency gets an “enormous” number of tips.

    “We have to separate the aspirational from the intentional, and determine which of the individuals saying despicable things on the internet are just practicing keyboard bravado, or they actually have the intent to do harm,” he said.


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