Sign up for our daily briefing

Make your busy days simpler with Axios AM/PM. Catch up on what's new and why it matters in just 5 minutes.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on the day's biggest business stories

Subscribe to Axios Closer for insights into the day’s business news and trends and why they matter

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Stay on top of the latest market trends

Subscribe to Axios Markets for the latest market trends and economic insights. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sports news worthy of your time

Binge on the stats and stories that drive the sports world with Axios Sports. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tech news worthy of your time

Get our smart take on technology from the Valley and D.C. with Axios Login. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Get the inside stories

Get an insider's guide to the new White House with Axios Sneak Peek. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Axios on your phone

Get breaking news and scoops on the go with the Axios app.

Download for free.

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Denver news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Des Moines news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Twin Cities news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Twin Cities

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Tampa Bay news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Tampa Bay

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Charlotte news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Charlotte

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sign up for Axios NW Arkansas

Stay up-to-date on the most important and interesting stories affecting NW Arkansas, authored by local reporters

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

A clash within the Capitol Rotunda on Jan. 6. Photo: Mostafa Bassim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Last December, the Capitol Police intelligence division began gathering data from social media about plots to breach the Capitol, as well as specific calls for violence on Jan. 6 and maps of the building's tunnel systems, a new Senate report finds.

Why it matters: The scope of these threats was not relayed to USCP leadership, rank-and-file officers or federal law enforcement agencies. As a result, all were unprepared for the worst attack since the War of 1812, the 127-page document reveals.

  • The joint report — released Tuesday morning by the Democratic chairmen and ranking Republican members of the Senate Homeland Security and Rules committees — did not attempt to examine the origins and motivations of the people who participated in the attack.
  • It also did not analyze former President Trump's potential role. Many members of the mob were dedicated supporters of his who came to D.C. for the "Save America" rally immediately preceding the assault.
  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) told Axios this decision was made, in part, because the Justice Department was still identifying who was involved through its own investigation. Blunt said senators involved also felt they "could quickly assemble the information about the failure to defend the Capitol."
Key findings:

The report, led by Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Blunt, found:

  • Capitol Police had no operational or staffing plan for the Jan. 6 joint session to count and certify the 2020 Electoral College votes. USCP officers also were ill-prepared to deal with the attack, and did not have effective equipment or training.
  • Despite the intelligence gathered as early as December, it was not relayed to the FBI and Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense.
  • The DHS and FBI also did not issue formal intelligence bulletins about potential violence on Jan. 6, which further hindered law enforcement.
    • The FBI's field office in Norfolk, Virginia, circulated a situational report late on Jan. 5 warning of people traveling to D.C. for "war" on Jan. 6. Former officials responsible for Capitol security on Jan. 6 testified they did not see the memo.
  • The Defense Department wanted to avoid looking over-militarized following its response to Black Lives Matter protests following George Floyd's murder.
    • Top agency officials spent hours "mission planning" as the riot unfolded, and multiple approvals for action were filtered between Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, former acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller and William Walker, former commanding general of the D.C. National Guard.
  • The Justice Department, according to the DOD, was the lead federal agency in charge of security and response on Jan. 6. The agency never created a security plan and did not coordinate a response during the attack, McCarthy told the committees.
  • Worth noting: The report said that the DHS, FBI and DOJ did not fully comply with the committees' requests for information.
    • "We have a number of requests for both the FBI and to the DHS to get out that our sense of what they knew and when they knew it. ...We want to find exactly where the problem arose, and we still don't have a satisfactory answer," Peters told reporters Monday night.
Among the 20 committee recommendations:
  • A department-wide plan for Capitol Police to create threat assessments for special events.
  • Congress to provide USCP with additional funding for training and protective equipment.
  • Give the USCP police chief unilateral authority to request National Guard support amid an attack.
  • Intelligence agencies should report domestic terrorism data to Congress.
  • DOD clarification of chain-of-command authorization to prevent delays in D.C. National Guard deployment.

The backdrop: The joint report comes shortly after Senate Republicans blocked a bipartisan, bicameral commission to investigate the insurrection.

  • A key argument from GOP leaders was that a 9/11-style commission would be duplicative of other investigations, including Tuesday's report from the Senate committees.
  • However, the report clearly states its scope was limited, and "further scrutiny of these failures and the preparations and response of federal agencies" is needed.

What's next: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) must soon decide how to move forward on a congressional investigation into Jan. 6 now that the commission has failed.

  • She has several options she can take. We're told she's leaning toward the formation of a select committee, but that could change as leaders continue to negotiate the best path forward.

Yes, but: Pelosi needs to move quickly, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are eager to find answers — and are wary of the investigation spilling into an election year.

Methodology: The committees reviewed thousands of documents, written statements from more than 50 USCP officers, and interviewed current and former officials from USCP, Senate sergeant-at-arms, House sergeant-at-arms, Architect of the Capitol, FBI, DHS, District of Columbia Metropolitan Police, DOD and the DCNG.

Go deeper

Jun 6, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Senate returns to recess leftovers

President Biden listens as Senate Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer speaks during an event on the American Rescue Plan in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 12. Photo: OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP via Getty Images)

The Senate returns Tuesday to a full slate of negotiations Congress failed to complete before blowing town for Memorial Day.

Driving the news: Next steps on a Jan. 6 commission will compete with infrastructure talks, police reform and a China-focused package on U.S. competitiveness.

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms: Political rhetoric driving threats against lawmakers

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Karen Gibson at the U.S. Capitol in April. Photo: Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)

Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Karen Gibson told CNN in an interview broadcast Sunday there's been an increase in threats against lawmakers in the past year, and "political rhetoric is a key driver" of anger toward elected officials.

Driving the news: CNN's Pamela Brown asked Gibson if the threats stem from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that led to her predecessor Michael Stenger resigning. Gibson replied: "I would not say since the insurrection, but certainly in 2020 it began to go up considerably and it has remained heightened for a number of members."

1 hour ago - Health

Novavax says COVID-19 vaccine was 90% effective in Phase 3 trial

Photo: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Novavax, a Maryland biotechnology company, announced Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine was 90.4% effective in its Phase 3 trial, including against coronavirus variants.

Why it matters: The study of 29,960 participants in the U.S. and Mexico found the shot was safe and highly effective, paving the way for the FDA to clear a 4th vaccine for emergency use by the end of the year.