Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said during a congressional hearing on Tuesday that he regrets resigning in the days after the Jan.6 insurrection, arguing that intelligence failures were to blame. of allowing a “coordinated attack” that overwhelmed officers on Capitol Hill and saw rioters storm the building he was sworn to protect.
When the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs (HSCAC) and Rules and Administration committees met for information on preparing for and responding to the attack, Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, asked Sund: “Do you regret give up?”
“Yes sir,” Sund replied. “I certainly regret resigning. I love this agency. I love the women and men at this agency and I am sorry for the day I left.”
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During a separate line of questioning from Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt, Sund and Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving also failed to agree on when the National Guard assistance was requested.
Sund said he submitted the application at 1:09 p.m. on January 6. But Irving insisted that he did not receive the request for support from the National Guard until after 2 p.m. while he was in the office of former Senate Arms Sergeant Michael Stenger. When pressed, Irving said he received a call from Sund earlier while on the congressional floor.
All three men resigned in the days after the insurrection. Sund and Irving disagreed on the schedule regarding the National Guard request before Blunt ran out of time for questioning. Senator Johnson, who was subsequently tapped, suggested that the phone records be dug up in the future.
Earlier in his opening statement, Sund said that the January 6 uprising was a “clear lack of intelligence information” and that it was “not bad planning” by the US Capitol Police. He explained that the force is based on cooperation between intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies.
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Intelligence available prior to Jan.6 suggested that the events would be similar to a previous Million MAGA event in December, involving white supremacist groups, including the Proud Boys, and other extremist groups such as Antifa and that participants could turn violent, he said. Sund.
“We had planned for the possibility of violence and the possibility of people being armed, but not the possibility of coordinated attacks,” Sund told members of Congress, explaining that the rioters were equipped with their own radio system, planted bombs. tube and brought climbing gear and explosives. to the Capitol.
“These criminals came prepared for war,” Sund said.
Sund, Irving and Stenger also testified that they had not seen the FBI’s raw data report released the eve of January 5 that provided information about the January 6 event. Irving said a call between him, Stenger and Sund the night before suggested “intelligence did not justify” the National Guard.
“The events of January 6 were beyond disobedience,” Stenger said also during his own remarks. “This was a violent and coordinated attack where the loss of life could have been much worse.”
During the hearing, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee testified that he was “stunned” by the Army’s response when Sund pleaded for a response from the National Guard on the afternoon of January 6. As calls from the Capitol became more chaotic, Army officials said yes. They did not deny the request, but discussed concerns in deploying Guards as they were not previously posted.
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Officials who were serving in the Pentagon at the time of the insurrection will testify next week about their response to the Capitol violation and allegations that they walked slowly with the approval of the National Guard, Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced Tuesday.
Contee said Tuesday that he wants the authority to change the mission of the DC National Guard from the Pentagon to the mayor of DC. In addition, Sund argued that the FBI needs to expand the scope of the information it collects on domestic extremists.
Jennifer Griffin and Lucas Tomlinson of Fox News contributed to this report.