This Tuesday, the Senate holds a hearing to examine the flaws in intelligence gathering and security preparations on Capitol Hill.
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An FBI warning about possible violence reached the US Capitol Police on the eve of the January 6 attack, but top leaders testified during a Senate hearing Tuesday that they did not see it.
Steven Sund, who was the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police during the pro-Trump mob assault, said the warning reached headquarters. But Sund and then-Senate and House sergeants at arms testified that they did not see the report warning that extremists were preparing to travel to Washington to commit violence and wage “war.”
This Tuesday, the Senate is holding a hearing to examine the flaws in intelligence gathering and security preparations. Among the witnesses are former House Arms Sergeant Paul Irving and former Senate Arms Sergeant Michael Stenger. Sund and Acting DC Police Chief Robert J. Contee III will also appear.
In his testimony, Contee said that the FBI’s threat warning on January 5, the eve of the deadly assault on the Capitol, arrived “in the form of an email” at 7 pm
Contee said he would hope something so serious would “justify a phone call or something.” He stressed that the warning was “raw information” that was not “fully scrutinized”.
He added that DC police were preparing for the possibility of a “major violent demonstration” as had occurred in the past. He said that “intelligence did not get where it was supposed to be.”
For his part, Sund said that “we have to look at the entire intelligence community and the opinion they have,” particularly with regard to white supremacists and extremists.
The former Capitol Police Chief expressed his remorse for leaving the law enforcement agency after Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) asked him if he regretted resigning from office.
Sund resigned as chief in the tense days after the attack amid an outcry over how the mob may have overtaken law enforcement and violated the Capitol.
“Yes sir. I’m certainly sorry I quit, ”Sund said when Johnson asked. “I love this agency. I love the women and men of this agency. And I’m sorry for the day I left.
Sund’s comments and opening testimony have focused on what he said were his efforts to improve Capitol security, including assistance from the National Guard, in the days leading up to and during the attack.
Sund also referenced a lengthy letter he sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explaining those efforts and the timeline. Pelosi called for Sund’s resignation the day after the attack.
“I think she had asked for my resignation without fully understanding what we had prepared ourselves for, what we had been through,” Sund said. “I think it deserved to read, you know, firsthand what we had prepared for and what I was faced with.”
Text taken and translated from The Washington Post