Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said Wednesday he “was having trouble getting information from the Capitol Police Department” following the Jan.6 uprising.
The congressman chairs the legislative branch of the House appropriations subcommittee, which funds and oversees the Capitol Police. He spoke Wednesday night at a virtual press conference on the investigation into the riots on Capitol Hill and the House vote to impeach President Donald Trump a second time.
“We’re having a hell of a time getting information from the Capitol Police Department,” Ryan said, adding that he had had “100 conversations with members of the base, but we’re not getting the kind of feed. information from the Capitol Police It’s an issue we’re trying to resolve, and it hasn’t changed much over the last week.
On the day a crowd supporting Trump stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent lawmakers from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory, Capitol Police did not increase their numbers despite numerous warnings about potentially protests. violent on January 6. ill-prepared and overrun by violent rioters who assaulted police and ransacked the Capitol – putting reporters, members of Congress and staff at risk of injury or death.
Video evidence shows some agents attempting to protect the building while outnumbered, while other photos show some agents appear to be complicit in the insurgency. One officer died after being attacked during the riot and another committed suicide a few days later. The Capitol Police chief and House and Senate sergeants-at-arms have resigned since the riot.
“The big problem was the communication between Command and Control and the base members… and the lack of direction,” Ryan said. “It corresponds to what we are going through now.”
The congressman said there were about 20 open cases related to the Capitol Police, with two officers suspended on charges of complicity. But he added that it was difficult to try to make the leadership open with the subcommittee. Capitol Police leaders have yet to hold a media briefing since the insurgency, although Ryan has told the acting chief to do so in order to increase transparency and restore confidence.
“We are funding the Capitol Police,” he continued, referring to Congress. “We, I think, deserve to know what’s going on. It’s a black box over there.
There has been some concern over whether it would be safe for Capitol Police to help provide security during Biden’s inauguration on January 20, given the agents’ lack of preparation and complicity. suspected during the riots. Ryan said he had “even more confidence in the Capitol Police for the inauguration because the base will have the kind of leadership it needs,” with the US Secret Service leading security on that day.
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