NBC: FBI DC Field Office Flunked Assessment On Fighting Violent Extremism

WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES - 2021/01/06: Pro-Trump protesters trying to enter Capitol building. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. Police used batons and tear gas grenades to eventually disperse the crowd. Rioters used metal bars and tear gas as well against the police. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES - 2021/01/06: Pro-Trump protesters trying to enter Capitol building. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results o... WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES - 2021/01/06: Pro-Trump protesters trying to enter Capitol building. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. Police used batons and tear gas grenades to eventually disperse the crowd. Rioters used metal bars and tear gas as well against the police. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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January 14, 2021 1:08 p.m.

The FBI’s D.C. field office received a failing grade on a 2018 internal assessment of its ability to combat domestic terrorism, NBC reports.

The assessment took place from 2017 through most of 2018, and found that “mechanisms to collect, analyze and share threat intelligence were lacking.”

TPM has reported on the Department of Homeland Security’s lack of preparation for the Jan. 6 insurrection attempt.

But the country’s main federal law enforcement body, the FBI, appears to have also failed to recognize the scale of the planned attack before it took place.

NBC quotes one former FBI official as saying that not enough intelligence analysts were assigned to watch for threats emanating from domestic extremism.

“They had few sources or understanding of the threat in their area of responsibility,” the story reads.

The article also reports that the assessment found fault with the field office’s system of sharing information and intelligence with the Capitol police, which was overwhelmed on Jan. 6 and lacked adequate staffing to prevent Trump supporters from entering the Capitol building.

Capitol police has said that it received no intelligence from the FBI regarding potential far-right threats on Jan. 6.

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