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Why did the agency wait two days?: Secret Service withheld Pelosi threat until after Jan. 6 riot

Amid heightened scrutiny ofthe U.S. Secret Service overmissingtexts linked to the January 6, 2021 attack, an unbiased watchdog revealed Wednesday that the agency waited until following the insurrection to notify Capitol Police of a threat against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

That revelation originates from a batch of documentsobtainedby the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

At roughly noon on your day of the attack, then-President Donald Trump began a speech in Washington, D.C. that included his “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen by Democrats,in accordance withanNPRtimeline published earlier this season.

About one hour later, Pelosi, D-Calif., kicked off a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 election results. Right-wing rioters breached the Capitol around 2: 00 pm. On the next half-hour, then-Vice President Mike Pence and Pelosi were ushered to better locations and the building went into lockdown.

The CREW documents reveal that the trick Servicewhich found the threat against Pelosi on January 4, 2021didn’t send a contact notifying Capitol Police of online threats against Pelosi until two days later, at 5: 55 pm, around when police had began to clear rioters from the building.

CREW’s Jordan Libowitz and Sara Wiatrakhighlightedin a post Wednesday that”as the Secret Service downplayed threats posed by right-wing extremist groups and Trump’s supporters before January 6, the newly obtained documents reveal precisely how grave and explicit the threats had actually been.”

In another post focusing specifically on the Pelosi discovery, Libowitz and Lauren Whitedescribedthat “during the past month, we’ve learned that the trick Service didn’t plan violence on January 6 despite receiving explicit warnings, then deleted key evidence from your day, likely breaking regulations.”

“The delay in notifying Capitol Police concerning the threat to the speaker of the home only increases the impression that the agency didn’t do its job, and results in more questions,” they wrote. “Why did the agency wait two days, until following the Capitol have been breached and congressional leaders were in hiding, to pass it along?”

Sharing the next post in a tweet Wednesday, Joyce Vance, a University of Alabama law professor andMSNBClegal commentator, said that “that is deeply disturbing and takes a full investigation.”

Because theSAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Chroniclereports:

Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the trick Service, confirmed that the e-mail was authentic. He noted that Pelosi, D-San Francisco, isn’t a protectee of the trick Service, which oversees security for the president. The messages were delivered to Capitol Police out of “a good amount of caution” despite the fact that they didn’t contain “a particular risk of violence to her on that evening,” he said.

THE TRICK Service flagged the account since it had posted a particular threat of injury to Biden. U.S. Capitol Police conduct their very own surveillance of similar threats against members of Congress and were likely following a same information the trick Service had, Guglielmi said.

The newspaper noted that “staffers in Pelosi’s office also didn’t immediately react to messages seeking comment.”

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