Response to Capitol riot was a ‘multi-tiered failure,’ acting US Capitol Police chief says

The House Appropriations committee, which has direct oversight of the US Capitol Police, is holding a hearing today with acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman and acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett.

This will mark the first time either has appeared in an open hearing. Pittman apologized to lawmakers for security failures in a closed door hearing last month.

During the closed-door briefing Pittman said that the “department failed to meet its own high standards” on Jan. 6 when a crowd of pro-Trump rioters overran the Capitol building.

Pittman called the insurrection a “terrorist attack” and offered her “sincerest apologies on behalf of the department,” according to her prepared remarks during the closed briefing for lawmakers.Pittman also said the department was aware of a “strong potential for violence” targeting Congress and did not take the appropriate steps to prevent it.

Her new testimony today comes as officials are starting the search for a new USCP chief.

A congressional source told CNN that Congress is moving forward with hiring an outside entity to begin the search.

Several other committees working together have already received briefings and documents from intelligence agencies as part of the numerous probes.

The House Intelligence, Homeland Security, Oversight and Judiciary committees’ joint review prompted an initial production of documents last week from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and National Counterterrorism Center, a congressional source told CNN. Additionally, they have received several briefings from the three agencies.

The source said so far the documents have mostly been finished intelligence products that the committee could already access.

On Tuesday, another round of law enforcement officials testified in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Senate Rules committees about the Capitol riot.

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