Threat of an attack on the Hill grew via pro-Trump forums for weeks

“When you have a president pushing them to descend on state capitols and take them over with few consequences,” the next logical step is to move from states’ to the nation’s capitol.” Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert and senior fellow for homeland security at the Council on Foreign Relations. Devlin Barrett, Dalton Bennett and Julie Tate contributed to this report.

Trump’s most ardent abettors began planning the siege of the Capitol. “War it is,” read a post on, a rabid pro-Trump forum that exploded in fury at post-election realities. “We kill now,” said another user identified only as...

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