Opinion | An insurrection hiding in plain sight


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Nor was the riot a last-minute surprise: On Dec. 14, 2020, a deputy chief alerted Pittman of the potential for disruptions on the House floor. That meant the Capitol building would be entered, if not breached. On Dec. 16, a “Special Assessment” went out: “The threat of disruptive actions or violence cannot be ruled out.” On Dec. 19, the intelligence division circulated Trump’s tweet urging people to descend on Washington for the formal count of electoral college votes. The then-president wrote: “Be there, will be wild!”

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