During an exchange with Senator Josh Hawley at a Senate hearing Tuesday, former United States Capitol Police (USCP) Chief Steven Sund called retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré’s recent comments “disrespectful” to USCP officers defending the Capitol on January 6. .
Honoré gained fame for his role in the response to Hurricane Katrina, but recently appeared on cable news and other outlets as a commentator. In an interview on MSNBC in the days following the January 6 attack on the Capitol, Honoré lashed out at the Capitol Police and House and Senate sergeants, alleging “complicity” in the riot.
“Mr. Sund, were you an accessory to this attack on January 6?” Hawley, R-Missouri, asked Sund, who resigned after the attack’s security flaws.
“Absolutely not, sir. I also heard those comments. And I think it’s disrespectful to me and members of the Capitol Police Department,” Sund said.
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Hawley also asked former Senate Janitor and Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger and former Weapons Sergeant Paul Irving if they were complicit in the attack.
“Absolutely not, Senator,” Irving replied. Stenger appeared to have technical problems and was unable to respond.
“Of course none of you were,” Hawley said. “There is absolutely no evidence to that effect and I think your comments are taken appropriately. To claim that you, any of you, were complicit in this violent mob attack on this building, I think is not only extremely disrespectful. It is really quite shocking. And this person does not have to conduct any security review related to the events of January 6. “
Honoré specifically said on MSNBC that he believes police officers in the United States Capitol will be partially responsible for the attack, which forced hundreds of lawmakers and former Vice President Pence into hiding.
“I believe that once all of this is discovered, they were complicit actions of the Capitol Police,” Honoré said also in her interview with MSNBC. Honoré went on to say that the investigation must determine whether former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund “was … an accomplice along with the sergeant-at-arms in the House and Senate.”
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Despite this and other controversial comments from Honoré, Pelosi stood firm in her choice to read the Capitol security review.
“General Honoré is a committed public servant whose name is synonymous with integrity and professionalism. His efforts to review the security infrastructure of the United States Capitol, interagency processes and procedures, and command and control have included seeking bipartisan input. to accomplish their mission, “said spokesman Drew. Hammill told Fox News. “There is no room for partisanship in the president’s efforts to make the United States Capitol a safe place for staff, workers, press, and members.”
Pelosi in a letter to members of the Democratic House this week said: “It is also clear from General Honoré’s interim report that we must present a supplemental allocation to ensure the safety of members and the security of the Capitol.”
Notably, Capitol Police last week suspended six officers and investigated 35 others for actions on January 6.
The investigation into the January 6 attack remains under investigation, “the department said in a statement.” Our Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the actions of 35 police officers that day. We have currently suspended six of those paid officers. Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman has indicated that any member of her department whose behavior is not in accordance with the Department’s Rules of Conduct will face appropriate discipline. “
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The rape of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mafia followed a speech by the former president earlier in the day in which he encouraged the crowd, including a case in which he said they should march “peacefully and patriotically.”
Eventually, the grand pro-Trump mob overwhelmed the Capitol police and entered the Capitol, forcing hundreds of lawmakers and Pence into hiding while looting the building.
Trump was eventually indicted for allegedly inciting an insurrection in the Capitol riots, but was not convicted in the Senate trial last week.
Brooke Singman and Leah Crawley of Fox News contributed to this report.