US Capitol Officers Arguing No Confidence Votes for Leaders In Charge During Capital Riots


The vote will be aimed at USCP chief Yogananda Pittan, who was promoted to the agency’s top job following Steven Sundar’s resignation following the rebellion. Three sources said that at least four additional chiefs could be targeted as part of any no-confidence vote.

The discussion came after comments made by congressional members during a closed-door briefing on Tuesday, where it said “the department failed to meet its own high standards”. On 6 January, Petman called the rebellion a “terrorist attack” Said and offered her “sincere apologies on behalf of the department.”

A source told CNN that Pittman was the chief of operations that day and “he never took control of radio or command officials about what to do in any way shape or form.”

A Capitol police source said that the storks, unions, representing the rank and file officers of the USCP Labor Committee, visited the section roll call to take the temperature of the officers on a possible antitrust vote.

Another source within the department says there was likely to be a no-confidence vote for senior leadership. “The rank and file of this department has no confidence in any of our heads, especially on January 6,” the source told CNN.

A spokesperson for the Capitol Police did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

Union president Gus Papathanasi told CNN that no vote is going on. “Authorities have been seeking a no-confidence motion since January 6,” Papatanciu said. “At this time we have not started the vote without any confidence. That does not mean we cannot even think about it. There is a big difference.”

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Officials told CNN that they felt abandoned and betrayed by the department’s leadership.

Prior to his appointment, Pittman served as the head of intelligence operations from October 2019. In that role, Pittman was responsible for the safety and security of the American Capitol, members of Congress, congressional staff, and Capitol visitors, including detecting and preventing any danger.

This story has been updated with additional development on Tuesday.

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