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Who Is To Blame For The Capitol Attacks Jan. 6?
A Senate investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol found that there was a broad intelligence breakdown across multiple agencies along with widespread law enforcement and military failures.
A report titled “Examining the U.S. Capitol Attack“, there were clear warnings that right-wing groups and other supporters of former President Donald Trump planned to “storm the Capitol” and infiltrate the surrounding areas with weapons. Capitol Police released a statement Tuesday saying that law enforcement agencies didn’t have enough intelligence at the time to conclude an attack was going to happen.
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) June 8, 2021
“Neither the USCP, nor the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, Metropolitan Police or our other law enforcement partners knew thousands of rioters were planning to attack the U.S. Capitol,” the release says. “The known intelligence simply didn’t support that conclusion.”
The Capitol Police force is responsible for protecting the building and is overseen by a Capitol Police Board, and committees from the House of Representatives and Senate, a USCP spokesperson told USA Today. Neither Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, then-Vice President Mike Pence, or any of the House and Senate leaders were not directly responsible for overseeing Capitol Police force operations.
The Chief of Capitol Police at the time was Steven Sund, who left the position after Pelosi called for his resignation the day after the attacks.