Three officials who resigned shortly after the deadly attack, including the former head of the Capitol Police, Stephen Sunde, are scheduled to testify before two Senate committees.
Much remains unknown about what happened before and during the attack.
Legislators are expected to question former officials in detail about what went wrong and how aware law enforcement agencies were of plans for violence that day, many of which were public, and ask questions such as: How did the agencies share this information with each other? How could the Capitol police be so unprepared for a violent uprising that was organized via the Internet, in plain sight?
The rioters easily broke down the security barriers outside the Capitol building, clashed with policemen, and broke into many windows and doors, prompting lawmakers to flee the House and Senate chambers and boycott the ratification of the 2020 presidential election results.
5 people were killed as a result of the violence, including a Capitol policeman, and a woman shot by police while trying to break into a door to the House of Representatives, while lawmakers were inside.
Former Senate Security Officer Michael Stinger and former House Security Officer Paul Irving will speak publicly for the first time since their resignation, at the hearing, which is part of a joint investigation by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, and the Senate Committee. Senate laws.
They will be joined by former Capitol Police Chief Stephen Sound and Acting Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Conte, who sent additional reinforcements to the scene after the riots began.
It is expected that the hearing, the first of many interrogations about what happened that day, will come about 7 weeks after the attack, and more than a week after the Senate voted to acquit Trump of inciting the revolt, by calling on his supporters to “fight.” Like Hell “to reverse his defeat in the election.
Thousands of National Guard troops are still deployed in the vicinity of the Capitol building, crossing streets and sidewalks that are usually filled with cars, pedestrians and tourists.
Congress is also considering forming an independent bipartisan commission to review security failures, and multiple congressional committees have said they will look at different aspects of the deadly attack.
US federal law enforcement authorities have arrested more than 230 people accused of involvement in the attack. President Joe Biden’s candidate for Attorney General, Judge Merrick Garland, said during his confirmation hearing Monday that investigating the riots would be a top priority.
Senate rules committee chairwoman, Democratic Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, said in an interview with The Associated Press that Congress needs to quickly know how failed security preparations and delays in responding have led to “a wild and angry gang invading the temple of our democracy.”
Klobuchar added that the senators will focus in particular on the timing of the deployment of the National Guard, which eventually arrived to help the police, how the security services shared information prior to the attack, and whether the Capitol’s security command orders contributed to the failure.
While there was consensus that the security measures at the Capitol were not enough that day, officials blamed each other and made contradictory statements.
The day after the riots, Sund said his forces “had a robust plan in place to confront protests related to freedom of expression.” It soon became clear that the Capitol Police had prepared for protests, but were not prepared for a violent rebellion, and many of them were beaten when they tried. In vain, he prevented rioters from entering the building.