Democrat lawmakers are requesting an immediate investigation into capitol tours ahead of the protest on Capitol Hill. In a letter to Capitol Police on Wednesday, 34 lawmakers urged authorities to look into the matter.
According to national security expert Paul Crespo, security officials were reportedly deterred from mobilizing National Guardsmen prior to protests in the U.S. Capitol last week due to the response of Democrats to the use of federal forces over the summer.
Several law enforcement officers are facing disciplinary action over their behavior during last week’s protest.
The outgoing Capitol Police chief claimed his calls for the National Guard before and during the attack on Capitol Hill went unanswered. In an interview Sunday, Chief Steven Sund said his security officials denied his request for the National Guard to be on standby.
In an interview Friday, Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli said his department is focused on supporting D.C. Capitol Police.
Former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the Capitol police’s response to Wednesday’s protest at the U.S. Capitol was a “colossal failure.”
The mayor of D.C. calls on Congress to investigate the security failures during demonstrations at the U.S. Capitol.