Former security officials spread blame for Capitol Riot failures


Mr Sund said the FBI report reached Capitol Police the day before the attack, but not directly. He said an officer assigned to a joint law enforcement task force on terrorism received the document and sent it to an official in the force’s anonymous intelligence division.

“It doesn’t go any further than that,” Mr. Sund said.

Robert J. Contee III, the head of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, who also testified, argued that the FBI should have reported the information more urgently with a phone call, rather than an email after office hours.

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Although the FBI newsletter received wide attention, it was only one part of a larger patchwork of publicly available information indicating that Trump supporters planning to protest in Washington on January 6 – fueled by Mr. Trump and his allies – were ready to storm Capitol Hill and, in some cases, commit violence.

And claims by former Capitol Security officials about a lack of intelligence seemed at odds with last month’s closed-door testimony from Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda D. Pittman. She told a House committee that the ministry knew there was a “high potential for violence” and that protesters would be armed, but had failed to take preventive measures.

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Chief Contee also blamed the slow deployment of the National Guard on the Defense Department, noting that the military has expressed reluctance to send troops even as violence escalates. In written testimony, Mr. Sund reported that a senior general said on a 2:30 p.m. call on January 6 that he did not like the “visual” of the military guarding the Capitol and that he would recommend the secretary of the army to refuse the request. even after the crowd had entered the building.

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“I was stunned by the response from the Department of the Army,” Chief Contee said on Tuesday.

In response to questions from Mr Peters and Ms Klobuchar, the three former security officials all confirmed that they believed the siege was coordinated.

“These people came with equipment, climbing equipment,” said Sund, adding that two explosive devices placed near the Capitol had distracted the authorities. Mr Contee noted that there was evidence the attackers used hand signals and coordinated their use of irritants, such as bear spray.


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