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FBI Director Wray testifies that he didn't know Parler warned them about possible violence on Jan. 6

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Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray testified before Congress that he did not know that Parler had alerted the FBI about violent plans for the rally on Jan. 6 that turned into rioting.

Parler, the social media app touted for its emphasis on free speech, was deplatformed after being accused of allowing violent rhetoric to flourish ahead of the chaos at the U.S. Capitol.

The revelation came during congressional testimony about the Jan. 6 riot that Democrats blame on former President Donald Trump.

Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (N.Y.) played a video for the House Oversight Committee about the events of Jan. 6 that included the alarming number of times Parler contacted the FBI.

"The threats, I would say, were everywhere," Maloney said. "The system was blinking red."

Wray was questioned by Maloney about the reports from Parler, and he said that he didn't know anything about them, according to the New York Times.

"I do not recall hearing about this particular email," Wray responded. "I'm not aware of Parler ever trying to contact my office."

Maloney said that Capitol Police requested urgently for help from the National Guard 12 times during the riot, but that Army leaders had the National Guard "stand down" fives times.

"That response took far too long," Maloney said. "This is a shocking failure."

Parler had complained in a letter in March that they had been unfairly maligned for not doing enough to prevent the violence at the Capitol. The letter outlined some of the instances of violent plots that the social media company had forwarded to the FBI, including many related to the Jan. 6 pro-Trump rally.

Trump has denied any responsibility for the rioting but has continued to claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.

Here's more about Parler and the FBI:

Parler says it warned FBI before Capitol riot

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