Senate will hold a public inquiry into the security breaches in the Capitol riot.
Former President Donald J. The Senate held its first public inquiry the following week because of a Capitol violation on January 6 to disrupt President Biden’s election victory by a crowd of Trump’s supporters.
Senator Gary Peters, a Democrat from Michigan and chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, along with Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, the committee’s top Republicans, announced Tuesday that the hearing was scheduled for Feb. 23 at 10 a.m.
He was joined in the announcement by Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, chairman and chairman of the Rules and Administration Committee, and Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, the committee’s top Republican.
The senators said they had invited four witnesses to testify: Robert J., head of the Metropolitan Police Department. Conte; Michael C. Stanger, former Sergeant-at-Arms and dockyour of the Senate; Paul D. Irving, former House Sergeant-at-Arms; And Steven Sundar, former Capitol Police Chief.
The senators have sought information from 22 agencies and departments concerning the preparation and response to the January 6 attack, and security failures that led to the Capitol’s breach. Information is also being sought from them Intelligence and security readiness, and detailed explanation of agencies’ security responses.
Last night, the Capitol Police Union announced that its members had chosen overwhelmingly to cast a vote of “disbelief” at the department’s leaders on January 6, citing the rebellion of the senior leadership of the uprising in the Capitol.
Around 140 officers from the Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Departments sustained injuries during the attack. An officer lost the tip of his right index finger. After the rioters arrived, another lost consciousness when the rioters used a metal barrier to push it down the stairs. Capitol Step. Some officers were hit in the head with baseball bats, flag poles and pipes.
According to the department, Capitol Police Officer Brian D. while physically engaging with protesters. Siknik died after being injured. Police said Officer Siknik returned to his division office, collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where he died.
“Last week of the impeachment trial, members of Congress and across the country showed devastating details of the violence that Capitol police officers faced during the rebellion. It was the darkest day in the department’s history, ”Capital Police Union President Gus Papathansiou said in a statement. “The results of our no-confidence vote are overwhelming because our leadership has clearly failed us. We know that we were there. “
The acting chief of the Capitol Police, Yogananda Pitman, responded in a statement, stating that the department was instituting reforms and was committed to making “the well being of our officers our top priority”.
“While progress has been made, more work remains,” Chief Pitman said.
The House held a private briefing last month on security failures, during which the new acting chief of the Capitol Police drew a substantial picture of the department’s failure, Even though it was known in the early days that right-wing extremists could target lawmakers.