DHS Federal Protective Services downplayed warning signs of violence on January 6th - 2021-03-03
The day before the insurrection, the Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service (FPS) prepared statements downplaying the threat on January 6th, before sending officers to help dispel rioters who FPS noted had been encouraged by former President Trump to march to the Capitol, according to internal emails obtained by CREW. The emails show FPS's realtime reaction to the riot.
FPS highlighted restaurant and store closures in the downtown DC area and noted the fact that multiple hotels had sold out in advance of the rallies. The agency also identified dozens of different protests and rallies planned for January 6th and the number of attendees committed on Facebook.
One rally was called "Election Fraud and Electoral College Protest (Eat Pray Kill)." Other rallies explicitly referenced plans to "March on Congress" to "stop the steal," and had around 1,000 committed attendees.