The FBI visited a number of known extremists before last week’s deadly Capitol riots to warn them against traveling to Washington, D.C., according to reports.
Agents made the series of visits before Wednesday’s high-profile pro-Trump rally, a source told Fox News, suggesting they were wary of the potential for trouble.
It was not immediately clear how many extremists were warned or exactly when they were visited, Fox said. The FBI did not respond to the outlet’s request for comment.
The revelation further fuels the criticism of law enforcement officials for being caught seemingly so unprepared by the storming of the Capitol, where the inadequate number of officers were quickly and easily overrun by rioters.
President Trump had long predicted there would be a “big protest” supporting him and his election fraud claims, tweeting before Christmas, “Be there, will be wild!”
The Associated Press also said that many warnings and threats were made on social media in the run-up to