Washington – Testing publicly for the first time about the January 6 uprising in the US Capitol, former security officials say bad intelligence was blamed for the catastrophic failure to anticipate the mob’s violent intentions. This did not prepare him for an attack that had never been seen before.
Officers, including the former head of the Capitol Police, are blaming other federal agencies – and each other – as supporters of then-President Donald Trump for their failure to protect the building by breaking security barriers, windows and doors, and legislation Prohibited the manufacturers from running away. House and Senate chamber.
Former Police Chief of the Capitol Steven Sundar described a scene, which was nothing like “he had seen in 30 years of policing”.
“When the group came to the periphery, they acted like no group of protesters I had ever seen,” said the ousted chief, arguing that the rebellion was not the result of poor planning, but from several agencies across the board The failures were the result.
Trump supporters clashed with police and security forces as people attacked the US Capitol in Washington, DC on 6, 2021 (photo by Brent Stirton / Getty Images)
On January 6, Congress was hearing the Capitol’s security officials for the first time about a massive law enforcement failure on the day the violent mob laid siege to the building and disrupted the presidential election count.
“We must have the facts and the answers are in this room,” Senate Rules Committee Chairman Amy Klobuchar said at the beginning of the hearing.
Three of the four Senate committees resigned shortly after the fatal attack, including Sundar, before testifying Tuesday.
Much is unknown about what happened before and during the attack. How much did law enforcement agencies know about plans for violence that day, many of which were public? How did the agencies share that information with each other? And how could the Capitol Police be made so ill for a violent rebellion that was conducted online?
After smashing through the barriers in the perimeter, the invaders engaged in hand-to-hand combat with police officers, injuring dozens of them, and breaking through several windows and doors, sending MPs to the House and Sent from the Senate chambers and disrupted the certification of the 2020 presidential election. Five people died as a result of the violence, including a Capitol police officer and a woman who was shot dead by police as she tried to break the doors of the chamber of the House with MPs.
Former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger and former House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving are speaking publicly for the first time since their resignations at the hearing, which is part of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee and a joint investigation. Senate Rules Committee. He is joined by Metropolitan Police Department acting chief of police chief, Sundar and Robert Contetti, who dispatched additional officers to the scene after the riots began.
The hearing is one of several examinations that took place that day, nearly seven weeks after the attack and a week after the Senate voted to incite the rebellion by asking former President Donald Trump to “fight hell” to his supporters Was. Overturned his election defeat. Thousands of National Guard troops still cut the streets and sidewalks, encircling the Capitol in a wide perimeter, usually filled with cars, pedestrians and tourists.
The Congress is considering a bipartisan, independent commission to review the propaganda, and several congressional committees have said they will look into various aspects of the siege. Federal law enforcement has arrested more than 230 people who were accused of involvement in the attack, and named President Joe Biden for Attorney General, Judge Merrick Garland, Said in its confirmation hearing on Monday Investigating riots will be a top priority.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Senate Rules Committee Chairman Amy Klobuchar said in an interview, Congress needed to know how security preparedness failed and delayed the response “a lunatic attacking this temple of our democracy , The angry mob did. “
Klobuchar, D-Min., Said senators are particularly focused on the timing of the deployment of the National Guard, which eventually arrived to help overwhelmed police, how security agencies prior to the attack and information on the command structure of the Capitol Police Shared. The board, which includes House and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, contributed to the failures. She Said there may be legislation to address any inadequacies.
“We are moving here only because decisions are to be made about the capital,” Klobuchar said.
Klobuchar said Tuesday’s hearing is the first of at least two public examinations that went wrong on the day the Senate panel conducted a joint investigation into security failures. A second hearing, expected to take place in the next few weeks, will examine the response of the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.
While there is a broad consensus that security measures were inadequate on that day, officials have cited reasons for the blame on each other and disputed each other’s accounts. The next day of the riot, Sundar said that his force had “set up a strong plan to address the activities already revised.” It soon became clear that as the Capitol Police prepared for the protests, they were largely unprepared for the violent uprising – and many were beaten as they tried to prevent the rioters from entering the building.
Interim Capital Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, who temporarily replaced Sundar, apologized last month for failing to make preparations despite warnings that white supremacists and far-right groups would target the Congress. But he also said that Sundar had asked the Capitol Police Board, which oversees the department, to declare a state of emergency beforehand and allow him to request National Guard support, but the board refused. The Department of Defense has said that it asked the Capitol Police if it needed a guard, but the request was denied.
A third member of the Capitol Police Board denied Pittman’s claim hours after his testimony was released. J. Brett Blanton, who serves as the architect of the Capitol, said Sundar did not ask for help from him and that “there was no record of a request for an emergency declaration.”