Capitol Security Leaders Provide First Testimony On Events Of Jan. 6

February 25, 2021
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Today for the first time, current leaders of the relevant law enforcement entities — the Capitol police, sergeant at arms — will come before Congress to answer questions on the January 6 attack.

The hearing, before the Legislative Branch subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, is a complement to one held in the Senate on Tuesday where lawmakers got to grill the former Capitol police chief and sergeants at arms. The Senate hearing was replete with finger pointing and some GOP conspiracy theories, and left many questions unanswered on both the granular and big picture level.

The star witness in today’s hearing will likely be acting chief of Capitol Police Yogananda Pittman, who was elevated to replace the former chief who resigned under intense pressure. Pittman was assistant chief of police of the department’s protective & intelligence operations during the attack, which is specifically tasked with gathering intelligence on and investigating threats to members of Congress. During the Tuesday hearing, much of the security failures were blamed on intelligence lapses, something Pittman will probably be able to speak to with more insider knowledge.

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