Takeaways: Senate Report On ‘Absolutely Brutal’ Jan. 6 Siege
A Senate report examining the security failures surrounding the Jan. 6 uprising at the Capitol says missed intelligence, poor planning and multiple layers of bureaucracy led to the violent siege. It does not fault former President Donald Trump.
WASHINGTON: A Senate report examining the security failures surrounding the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol says missed intelligence, poor planning and multiple layers of bureaucracy led to the violent siege. The report also details the violence of the day. Senate investigators collected statements from more than 50 police officers who fought the insurrectionists in brutal hand-to-hand combat. Those officers described injuries, verbal abuse from Trumps supporters and fear as the police command structure broke down. Some thought they would die.
An internal report on Dec. 21 referenced a blog with a map of the Capitol campus and comments threatening armed violence. Bring guns, wrote one poster. So its now or never. Nevertheless, private citizens contacted the department and warned of people organizing on Twitter to storm the Capitol. The FBI emailed a memo around that warned of war.
The slowed deployment of National Guard troops is also pinned on the Capitol Police Board. An arcane panel of the heads of House and Senate security must accept the Capitol Police chiefs requests. The chief at the time, Steven Sund, never submitted a formal request for the troops ahead of Jan. 6, and the members of the board did not understand their own authority.
The report includes more than 50 interviews with police, who described how unprepared they were as they were beaten and dragged by the Trump supporters who broke into the building. They described being left with no guidance as the force’s incident command system broke down.One officer told the investigators that they were horrified that no one was on the radio giving orders or helping the officers. The person said that the screams on the radio were horrific and that the sights were unbelievable as officers begged for aid.