Key Capitol security officials should be grilled about what went wrong on January 6

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An angry mob of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol, some of its leading figures charged on January 6 with securing the building. 6 will answer questions under oath as to how the highly secure facility was violated during the election notes? Signifies peaceful transfer of power.

Tuesday’s hearing before a pair of Senate committees will include testimony from three officials who resigned after rioters disrupted the joint session of Congress, legislating legislators and Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the counting of votes. , Won over Donald Trump.

A trio of former officers who testified publicly for the first time were Steven Sundar, the head of the Capitol Police; Michael Stanzer, who was Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, and Paul Irving, who was House Sergeant-at-Arms. Also testifying will be Washington, DC, acting Chief of Police Robert Konti.

Two other current officers, Capital Police Chief Yogananda Pitman and Acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett, will testify at a virtual house appropriation subcommittee hearing on Thursday.

Steven A. Sundar, chief of the US Capitol Police, testifies during a House Appointments Subcommittee hearing on February 11, 2020, at the budget request for the Capitol Police in Washington.Tom Williams / CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Gate Williams File

Five people died in the riots, including Capital Police Officer Brian Siknik. Police succeeded in gaining control of the building after several hours with the help of National Guard and federal law enforcement officers, and the counting of votes was completed. More than 200 people have been charged with criminal charges.

A joint hearing before the Rules Committee and the Homeland and Government Affairs Committee is expected to focus on why officials were not better prepared for the attack and why it took so long to remove the mob from a building Which was considered the most safe in the world.

Tuesday’s hearing is the first series of hearings in which committees will conduct as part of an investigation into the attack. More hearings are expected later, including a hearing with the acting heads of the institutions, in which they will speak on Tuesday, as well as a hearing in which they will gather representatives of federal agencies for intelligence and feedback Will make you responsible.

The Homeland Security Committee is conducting interviews as part of its investigation to inform members’ questions. This led to a committee senator saying that Sundar as well as a Pitman conducted closed-door interviews.

Committee chairman Gary Peters, D-Mix., Previewed some of the expected lines of investigation: “Questions about intelligence, what they knew, what they expected? They were all set to deal with a very violent attack. Why weren’t you ready? ” On the capitol? Questions related to the National Guard. I mean, there’s a long list of questions we’re going to go through.

Sundar said he was not warned about the possibility that the protesters would try to control the building.

“The right signs do not change the fact that there is nothing in our collective experience or our intelligence – including intelligence provided by the FBI, Secret Service, Department of Home Security (DHS) and DC Metropolitan Police (MPD) – indicated that A well-coordinated, armed capitol attack may occur on 6 January, ‚ÄĚSundar said in a letter to lawmakers received by the New York Times this month.

Sundar also criticized Stanger and Irving, saying they were slow to react when they said they needed to call in the National Guard, and that the Army brass were slow to react, As well as.

The hearing is also expected to be controversial among lawmakers, and is likely to try to put some blame on some Republican House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California.

Amy Klobuchar, D-Min, chairman of the rules committee, said the hearing on Monday will focus on “what happened at the Capitol and what we need to do to improve safety”.

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