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 Capitol.
With the rise in recent years of far-right extremism, determining what threat is aspirational and what is more serious has become all the more challenging for law enforcement agencies, said Colin Clarke of the Soufan Group, a nonpartisan global security research consultancy.
Pittman says officials are working on communications and have streamlined communication with other agencies.
Capitol Police are investigating the actions of 35 police officers on the day of the riot; six of those officers have been suspended with pay, a police spokesman said.
"A clear lack of accurate and complete intelligence across several federal agencies contributed to this event and not poor planning by the U.S. Capitol Police", former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund told lawmakers.
Portman noted that many Capitol Police officers didn't have riot gear during the disturbance, while the Washington, D.C. police had helmets, shields, gloves and gas masks. They will be joined by Sund and Robert Contee, the acting chief of police for the Metropolitan Police Department, who sent additional officers to the scene after the rioting began.
Sund told lawmakers that while Capitol Police had prepared for a large, potentially violent protest, it received no intelligence from the Federal Bureau of Investigation or other agencies indicating that a planned takeover of the Capitol was in the works - one created to prevent House and Senate lawmakers from certifying Democrat Joe Biden's victory over Trump in the November 3 presidential election. Thousands of National Guard troops still surround the Capitol in a wide perimeter, cutting off streets and sidewalks that are normally full of cars, pedestrians and tourists.
Congress needs to know, quickly, how failed security preparations and delays in the response led to "a mad, angry mob invading this temple of our democracy", Senate Rules Committee Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar said in an interview with The Associated Press.
The officials have also disagreed on when the National Guard was called and on requests for the guard beforehand. 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.
While there is broad agreement that security measures were inadequate that day, officials have pointed the blame at each other for the causes and disputed each others' accounts.
"I think these are the people that probably planned this", Johnson said.
"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.
He added he did see an intelligence report created within the Capitol Police force warning that Congress could be targeted on January 6.
"No single civilian law enforcement agency - and certainly not the USCP - is trained and equipped to repel, without significant military or other law enforcement assistance, an insurrection of thousands of armed, violent, and coordinated individuals focused on breaching a building at all costs", Sund said. Sund said he spoke to both Stenger and Irving about requesting the National Guard in the days before the riot, and that Irving said he was concerned about the "optics" of having them present.
The hearing started off dramatically when Capitol Police Capt. Carneysha C. Mendoza testified about engaging in four hours of hand-to-hand fighting with rioters in the Capitol.
"As they continue to scrub social media, we are learning more and more and more that this is clearly a coordinated effort", Contee said.
Lawmakers hope to resolve some of those discrepancies by questioning the witnesses together on Tuesday.
"It was a horror what happened, we all know that", she said.