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Top U.S. Capitol security officials apologise for 'failings' in Jan. 6 attack

By Makini Brice and Richard Cowan

 

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The U.S. Capitol building can be seen from behind high security measures in Washington, U.S., January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Capitol security officials apologised on Tuesday for "failings" during the deadly attack on the building by followers of then-President Donald Trump in a bid to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election victory.

 

The officials specifically acknowledged a number of missteps: conflicting intelligence, inadequate preparation and insufficient mobilization of partner agencies, and called for improving accountability systems and communications structures.

 

"I am here to offer my sincerest apologies on behalf of the Department," said Yolanda Pittman, the acting chief of Capitol Police, according to a prepared statement for the U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee.

 

"The Department failed to meet its own high standards as well as yours," she added.

 

About one dozen officials from agencies including the FBI, National Guard, Justice Department and U.S. Capitol Police briefed House appropriators who are looking into the events of Jan. 6.

 

Afterward, Democratic Representative Tim Ryan told reporters that police officers guarding the Capitol were ordered not to use lethal force against the angry mob that pushed its way into the Capitol to commit violent acts and damage the historic building.

 

"That was the directive they were given," Ryan said, adding that once a lockdown was ordered at the Capitol and adjacent buildings, it was not fully enforced.

 

"You still had people blowing in and out ... that whole entire thing needs to be reviewed," said Ryan, who chairs a House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees U.S. Capitol Police and its funding.

 

Ryan emphasized that a series of investigations were still in early stages, with many unanswered questions.

 

He said the force's budgets will be reviewed, noting that officers did not have enough riot gear and other equipment to deal with the mob. Public hearings are expected.

 

Pittman said many of the officers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after the assault in which five people died, including one Capitol police officer. Pittman said the death of a second officer was indirectly linked.

 

She and Timothy Blodgett, the acting U.S. House of Representatives' sergeant at arms, said security officials were working to do more to boost protection of the U.S. Capitol, the seat of government.

 

Pro-Trump supporters stormed the building following Trump's urgings at a rally near the White House to go to the Capitol. Trump was subsequently impeached by the House on a charge of incitement and the trial in the Senate is scheduled to begin the week of Feb. 8.

 

The then-chief of the Capitol Police and House and Senate sergeants at arms stepped down.

 

In the weeks since the attack, security has been heightened around the Capitol and in Washington in general, with eight-foot-high fencing surrounding the Capitol's perimeter and National Guard troops brought in for Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.

 

Some 5,000 National Guard troops will remain in Washington through mid-March.

 

Ryan said the FBI was making progress in sifting through some 200,000 pictures and videos of the riot, along with many tips from citizens who recognized rioters at the scene.

 

(Reporting by Makini Brice and Richard Cowan; editing by Grant McCool)

 

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Imo the capital police dident receive the needed back up in a timely manner and were left to fend for themselves for far to long a true fubar in every sense of the acronym 

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11 hours ago, Tug said:

Imo the capital police dident receive the needed back up in a timely manner and were left to fend for themselves for far to long a true fubar in every sense of the acronym 

Well it was either "fubar" as you say, or the restrictions under which they were forced to operate, and the inability to summon reinforcements (or perhaps being denied reinforcements) was a deliberate act - urgent telephone calls going unanswered and so on...

 

If one is to believe some reports, Mr Pence was unable to get an answer to his calls whilst sheltering in the place of safety (basement), yet some members of Congress sheltering with him were able to call the mob inside the building to reveal their whereabouts. If nothing else it suggests that there were those amongst the mob who were waiting for those calls. There really is a need for a proper public inquiry into the whole business., will there be one? There are mechanisms in the UK for such enquiries - Royal Commissions - do similar mechanisms exist in the US?

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55 minutes ago, herfiehandbag said:

Well it was either "fubar" as you say, or the restrictions under which they were forced to operate, and the inability to summon reinforcements (or perhaps being denied reinforcements) was a deliberate act - urgent telephone calls going unanswered and so on...

 

If one is to believe some reports, Mr Pence was unable to get an answer to his calls whilst sheltering in the place of safety (basement), yet some members of Congress sheltering with him were able to call the mob inside the building to reveal their whereabouts. If nothing else it suggests that there were those amongst the mob who were waiting for those calls. There really is a need for a proper public inquiry into the whole business., will there be one? There are mechanisms in the UK for such enquiries - Royal Commissions - do similar mechanisms exist in the US?

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1 hour ago, PattayaJames said:

 

Fact check from anonymous sources LOL

 

Trump was not involved, according to two people familiar with the discussions who were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Here's a not so anonymous source. The Acting Secretary of Defense:

"In a statement Wednesday, Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller did not mention working with Trump. He said he "spoke separately with the Vice President [Mike Pence] and with Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Senator Schumer and Representative Hoyer about the situation at the U.S. Capitol."

https://www.newsweek.com/fact-check-did-trump-call-national-guard-after-rioters-stormed-capitol-1560186

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On 1/27/2021 at 11:28 PM, placeholder said:

Here's a not so anonymous source. The Acting Secretary of Defense:

"In a statement Wednesday, Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller did not mention working with Trump. He said he "spoke separately with the Vice President [Mike Pence] and with Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Senator Schumer and Representative Hoyer about the situation at the U.S. Capitol."

https://www.newsweek.com/fact-check-did-trump-call-national-guard-after-rioters-stormed-capitol-1560186

 

Seems like Trump would be calling Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy.

 

"Maryland Governor Larry Hogan received a call from Representative Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) from an "undisclosed bunker" to send support but was stalled by the Pentagon.

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As he continued to mobilize his troops, Hogan waited 90 minutes before getting a call from Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy that federal authorization was granted for his National Guard to go to the Capitol. The DCNG is under the president's control, but the commanding authority is delegated to the Secretary of the Army.

 

"I can't tell you what was going on on the other end, on the decision-making process," Hogan said. "There's been lots of speculation in the media about that, but I'm not privy to what was going on inside the White House or inside the Pentagon."

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On 1/27/2021 at 11:46 PM, PattayaJames said:

 

Seems like Trump would be calling Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy.

 

"Maryland Governor Larry Hogan received a call from Representative Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) from an "undisclosed bunker" to send support but was stalled by the Pentagon.

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As he continued to mobilize his troops, Hogan waited 90 minutes before getting a call from Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy that federal authorization was granted for his National Guard to go to the Capitol. The DCNG is under the president's control, but the commanding authority is delegated to the Secretary of the Army.

 

"I can't tell you what was going on on the other end, on the decision-making process," Hogan said. "There's been lots of speculation in the media about that, but I'm not privy to what was going on inside the White House or inside the Pentagon."

 

Seems like Miller spoke with the VP but not the President. Hmmm. And do you realize that Trump claimed that he immediately deployed the National Guard and now in the version you cite there was a long delay. Do you also contend that Trump wasn't watching via TV what was going on? That the President of the United States wasn't aware that that the capitol had been breached by rioters?

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6 hours ago, ExpatOK said:

They worked for Pelosi and McConnell.  That says it all.

 

These "failings" were highly suspicious.

 

 

Indeed. Had the Capitol police done their job BEFORE the demonstration and put up some of that fencing BEFORE the demonstration, and reinforced their numbers BEFORE the demonstration ( like they did for the previous demonstrations ) they could have avoid the chaos, and the crowd entering.

No entry into the Capitol building, no "insurrection", no second impeachment, etc etc etc.

 

One could be excused for thinking that the lack of security ( which hasn't been explained sufficiently yet ) has IMO played to the benefit of the Democrats ( McConnell's involvement is not known presently, but I'm sure he is not a Trump ally ) that are now fixated in ensuring a ban on Trump standing for president in 2024 - they must be really scared of him returning to spend so much time and effort of an impeachment trial for an ex president.

However, they missed the boat on getting the trial done speedily, and every day that passes ( hopefully ) reduces the chances they have of a conviction.

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