LIVE: Ousted U.S. Capitol Security Officers Testify Before Senate on January 6 Riot

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    (Feb. 23) Watch live as the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hold a joint oversight hearing on security failures during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

    Three former top U.S. Capitol security officials are facing aggressive questions from two Senate panels digging into the lapses that allowed a mob of Donald Trump’s supporters to overwhelm police officers and ransack the building as Congress was certifying the presidential election results.

    The joint hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Rules and Administration Committees on Tuesday is the first in a series of lawmaker inquiries into the origins of the Jan. 6 insurrection and the failure of the Capitol’s security forces to anticipate and then quell the riot, which left five people dead.

    The officials — former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, former Senate Sergeant-At-Arms Michael Stenger and former House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving — all resigned in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 attack, and their testimony sets up potentially conflicting and contentious recollections of how things went wrong.

    “We have a lot of questions,” Senator Gary Peters, the chairman of the Homeland Security panel, told reporters. “What did they know and what did they expect? Why were they not really fully prepared to deal with what was a very large violent attack on the Capitol?”

    The assault on the Capitol was replayed in vivid detail at Trump’s Senate trial after he was impeached on a charge that he incited the mob. The Senate voted Feb. 13 to acquit the former president, but the bitter partisanship of the moment hasn’t dissipated, even as members of both parties are calling for a thorough examination of the riot.

    Two House hearings related to the riot also are scheduled this week, and retired Army Lieutenant General Russel Honoré is conducting an independent security review commissioned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi also is proposing the establishment of an independent commission, modeled on the panel that investigated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, to review the causes of the Capitol assault and the security failures surrounding it.

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