The information was revealed in a court filing last week, about the same time FBI Director Christopher Wray told the House Oversight Committee that the agency “did not have actionable intelligence that indicated that hundreds of people were going to breach the Capitol or storm the Capitol.”
But an investigative report in February by FBI Special Agent Patricia Norden stated that “users in multiple online groups and platforms discussed traveling to the Capitol armed or making plans to start a ‘revolution’ on that day,” according to NBC. “Individuals participating in the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally were angered about the results of the 2020 presidential election,” the report added.
Talk of revolution was “found in a review of open source and social media posts leading up to and during the event,” according to Norden.
It wasn’t clear from the agent’s report when the FBI learned of calls for a revolution, but the information appeared to be easily obtainable before Jan. 6.
Wray appeared to be evasive in his House testimony last Tuesday on what social media intelligence the FBI may have collected.
“We have very specific policies … that govern our ability to use social media,” he said. “When we have an authorized purpose and proper predication, there’s a lot of things we can do on social media, and we do do, and we aggressively do. But what we can’t do … without proper predication and an authorized purpose, [is] just monitor ‘just in case’ on social media.”