Six weeks after an angry crowd of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, some of the key figures in charge of the building’s security on Jan. 6 will answer questions on oath about how the highly secure facility was breached during the election should symbolize the peaceful transfer of power.
Tuesday’s hearing before two Senate committees will include statements from three officials who resigned after rioters interrupted the joint session of Congress, and lawmaker and Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote that cemented Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump. put in danger.
The trio of former officials who testify publicly for the first time is Steven Sund, the head of the Capitol Police; Michael Stenger, who was the Senate Sergeant; and Paul Irving, who was the House Sergeant. Robert Contee, acting chief of police in Washington, DC, will also testify.
Two other current officers, Acting Police Chief of the Capitol, Yogananda Pittman, and Acting Sergeant Timothy Blodgett, will testify at a virtual home remedies subcommittee hearing Thursday.
Five people died in the riot, including Capitol policeman Brian Sicknick. After a few hours, with the help of the National Guard and federal law enforcement officers, police were able to regain control of the building and the vote count was complete. Over 200 people were prosecuted.
The joint hearing before the Regulatory Committee and the Home and Government Affairs Committee is said to focus on why officials weren’t better prepared for the attack and why it took so long to fight off the mob from a building that is considered one of the most was well respected for sure in the world.
Tuesday’s hearing is the first in a series of hearings the committees will hold as part of their investigation into the attack. More hearings are expected later, including a hearing with the acting heads of the agencies they will speak to on Tuesday, as well as a hearing that will involve representatives from the federal agencies responsible for information gathering and responding.
The Homeland Security Committee conducted interviews as part of its investigation to inform members’ questions. It has held closed camera interviews with Sund and a Pittman, a senator on the committee said.
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Committee chairman Gary Peters, D-Mich., Previewed some of the anticipated lines of inquiry: “Questions about intelligence, what did you know, what did you expect? Why weren’t you fully prepared to deal with a very large violent attack to become issues related to the National Guard. I mean, there’s a long list of issues we’re going to go through, “he said.
Sund said he was not warned of the possibility that protesters would attempt to take control of the building.
“A perfect flashback doesn’t change the fact that nothing in our collective experience or intelligence – including information from the FBI, Intelligence, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and DC Metropolitan Police (MPD) – suggests that.” a well-coordinated, armed man An attack on the Capitol could take place on Jan. 6, “Sund said in a letter to lawmakers the New York Times received earlier this month.
Sund also criticized Stenger and Irving, saying they were slow to react when he said they needed to call in the National Guard and he said Army Brass was slow to react too.
The hearing is expected to be controversial among lawmakers as well, and some Republicans are likely to attempt to blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Regulatory Committee Chair, D-Minn., Amy Klobuchar, said Monday the hearing will focus on “what happened in the Capitol and what we need to do to improve security”.