Friday, September 10, 2021
Just two days before armed rioters stormed and ransacked the Capitol, about 300 law enforcement officials got on a conference call to talk about the possibility that Donald Trump's supporters would turn violent on Jan. 6. They specifically discussed the possibility that the day's gatherings would turn into a mass-casualty event, and they made plans on how to communicate with each other if that happened. The officials were so prepared for chaos that they even had a hashtag to share information on the FBI's private communication service: #CERTUNREST2021. The extent of the FBI's awareness that the rally by Trump backers could turn violent raises fresh questions about why national security and law enforcement officials didn't do more to protect the Capitol on that volatile day.
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