Capitol security officials say information shared by feds ahead of Jan

Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund testifies before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs & Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on Capitol Hill Washington Tuesday Feb. 23 2021 to examine the January 6th attack on the

"These criminals came prepared for war", said Sund, who described the radio systems, explosives, climbing gear, chemical spray and other unusual measures they took to thwart security.

"When the group arrived at the perimeter, they did not act like any group of protestors I had ever seen", the ousted chief said, arguing that the insurrection was not the result of poor planning but of failures across the board from many agencies and officials.

The Senate Homeland Security and Rules committees held a hearing on Tuesday to examine the insurrection of January 6 and the security failures that allowed former President Donald Trump's supporters to violently infiltrate Congress.

"We had planned for the possibility of violence, the possibility of some people being armed, not the possibility of a coordinated military-style attack involving thousands against the Capitol", said Steven Sund, who resigned from his position as chief of the U.S. Capitol Police after the riots.

"The intelligence was not that there would be a coordinated assault on the Capitol, nor was that contemplated in any of the interagency discussions that I attended before the attack", Mr. Irving said. The Justice Department has said that more than 130 law enforcement officers were injured in the insurrection.

Pittman says officials are working on communications and have streamlined communication with other agencies.

Pittman added that because officers at the Capitol were not prepared for a violent mob, lockdown procedure was not properly executed. One Capitol Police officer died from injuries sustained in the attack. But the Capitol police officer who received the warning didn't share it with him or commanders.

Former House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving said that despite media reports, "optics played no role in my decision around security".

Acting Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee III told the joint Senate hearing that the former police chief was "pleading" with army officials to deploy Guard troops as the violence rapidly escalated.

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The hearing is expected to be the first of many examinations of what happened that day, coming nearly seven weeks after the attack and over one week after the Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump of inciting the insurrection by telling his supporters to "fight like hell" to overturn his election defeat.

Federal law enforcement has arrested more than 230 people who were accused of being involved in the attack, and Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland said in his confirmation hearing on Monday that investigating the riot would be a priority.

Pittman said before Congress on Thursday she had "no evidence whatsoever" that the Capitol Police changed its response based on race. She also said officers didn't understand when they were allowed to use deadly force, and that less-than-lethal weapons that officers had were not as successful as they expected. "Although we knew the likelihood for violence by extremists, no credible threat indicated that tens of thousands would attack the U.S. Capitol". A second hearing, expected to be held in the next few weeks, will examine the response of the Defense Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I think that information would have been helpful to be aware of", Sund answered.

"Members of militia groups that were present on January 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union", Pittman told members of the House Appropriations Committee.

Mr. Sund said he spoke with both sergeants-at-arms about requesting the National Guard two days before the riot, but Mr. Irving, the House's chief security officer, raised the issue of "optics".

"We're going to look very closely at the (budget) request this year, and say, 'What will we do if we have another one of these things?'" Leahy said.

Lawmakers hope to resolve some of those discrepancies by questioning the witnesses together on Tuesday. "Knowing that we may not be at full strength at that time".

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