In this Jan. 26, 2021, file photo, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, right, speaks to a reporter after leaving the Senate floor in Washington. Credit: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

The new Senate Intelligence Committee chair, Virginia Democrat Mark Warner, wants the panel to investigate the intelligence failures leading up to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who serves on the committee, said she supports that effort.

Collins said the failure of the nation’s intelligence agencies to warn Congress and law enforcement agencies of the attack must be thoroughly investigated.

“One of the reasons that I support having our intelligence committee do a deep dive into this area is to find out what did the various intelligence agencies know,” she said.

Collins said a report from an FBI field office that the Jan. 6 rally in support of President Donald Trump could turn violent was not passed to local law enforcement agencies responsible for Capitol security, including House and Senate security staff.

“We need to find out which agencies had information, did they share it with the Capitol Police, with the sergeant at arms at the Capitol,” she saids.

She said she wants the probe to not only the failures in domestic intelligence efforts, but also the possibility of foreign involvement in the attack.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.