U.S. Capitol security officials apologize for 'failings' during January 6 riot

Cheryl Sanders
January 27, 2021

Investigators are still seeking information on suspects who beat Capitol Police officers during the riot, as well as the person or group behind the placement of pipe bombs near the offices of the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee, officials said Tuesday. Officials told CNN they expected hundreds more arrests to be made in the case.

On January 6, Trump loyalists gathered in Washington DC, as congress confirmed the victor of the USA election; however, bolstered by calls made at the outgoing president's "Stop the Steal" rally minutes earlier, hundreds of individuals, in a riot that saw five people killed, stormed the Capitol and temporarily halted proceedings, shocking the world.

Sources within the Capitol Police tell TMZ. neither acting Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, nor any of the other USCP higher-ups have directly addressed the officers who were on duty during the insurrection to say sorry to them for the lack of preparedness.

He is expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Cleveland via video conference for a brief appearance Monday afternoon. Investigators have also obtained more than 500 subpoenas and search warrants to aid in identifying suspects.

"This case is challenging, complex, and it is big", he said.

It doesn't matter who is in the White House, the Department of Justice will still bring charges against those who entered the Capitol illegally, Sherwin added. The charges carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

The acting chief of the Capitol Police apologized on Tuesday for the force's failure to prevent a mob of Trump supporters from breaching Congress on January 6, as House investigators delve into a probe of the Capitol insurrection attempt. One officer died after he was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher during the attack and another died by suicide in the days after.

"Even before September 11, 2001, security experts, including former USCP chiefs of police, argued that more needed to be done to protect the Capitol campus", she wrote.

On Jan. 19, Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents interviewed a witness who has "a close personal relationship" to the suspect and substantiated he was "an avid supporter of former President Trump and a follower of commentator Nick Fuentes", a right-wing conservative radio host.

In the most significant repercussion from the Capitol invasion, the U.S. Senate will next month take up the impeachment trial of Trump. Straka encouraged others to wrestle it from him. It also came as advisers to then-President Trump, including former General Michael Flynn, argued that Trump should declare martial law and use the military to "re-run" the 2020 election.

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