Two of the Capitol security officials will primarily hold Congress responsible for their lack of preparedness during the January 6 riots over lack of sufficient intelligence from other agencies before testifying on Thursday.
Acting House Sergeant-A-Arms Timothy Blodgate and Acting Police Chief Yogananda Pittman will appear before the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. EST as part of a broader Congress investigation.
“At the end of the day, the USCP was successful in its mission. This protected the leadership of the Congress. It protected members, “Pittman wrote in testimony,” and it protected the Democratic process. At the end of the hours-long battle, democracy persisted. “
While Pittman, who was assistant chief of police for the department’s protective and intelligence operations at the time of the riots, was planning to defend the Capitol police, she would also admit that “thousands of rebels” were “near the force after being overwhelmed.” Internal challenges were “. . “
In her capacity as assistant chief of police, she says in her testimony that she reviewed the final report, warning about a “Stop the Steel” rally on 3 January.
The report concluded that members of the militia planned to participate in the day’s events – some with being armed – and to certify the results of the Electoral College.
“The threat of disruptive actions or violence cannot be ruled out,” she said in the report.
Still, Pittman says, the Capitol Police could not predict what was to come.
Blogget, meanwhile, would blame the FBI and other intelligence agencies’ assessments as “inaccurate or contradictory”.
“Intelligence needs to find needles in an obstacle. On 6 January, there was a failure to collect, synthesize, or disseminate intelligence, and there were indications that intelligence was or was contradictory, ”reads a transcript of Blodgett’s prepared remarks.
The predecessors of Blackgate and Pittman testified to the handling of leading the deadly attack, a day after which both resigned.
Pittsman is facing questions from both sides of the law regarding the investigation of 35 Capital Police officers under the riot-related investigation.
The legalists are currently under siege between weeks of hearings.
Also on Thursday, the House Financial Services Committee will hold hearings with expert witnesses on the financing of extremism.