Fmr. Capitol Police chief blames ‘failures of intelligence’ for Jan. 6 riot

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Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund testifies before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs & Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, to examine the January 6th attack on the Capitol. (Erin Scott/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund testifies before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs & Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, to examine the January 6th attack on the Capitol. (Erin Scott/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund testified before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Erin Scott/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

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Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund placed the blame for the January 6 Capitol riots on the intelligence communities. During the Senate Rules Committee hearing on Tuesday, Sund said Capitol Police were not able to properly prepare for the attack due to a lack of intelligence shared with them.

He went on to say the intel agencies did not fully relay the extent to which the attack was preplanned and heavily coordinated.

“The fact that the group that attacked our west front, attacked our west front 20 minutes, approximately 20 minutes before the event over at the Ellipse ended. Which means they were planning on our agency not being at what they call full strength,” Sund said. “Watching the other event saying, hey that event’s ending, okay everybody get on post, they’re going to be marching our way. Knowing that we may not be at full strength at that time.”

TOPSHOT - Protesters inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – Protesters are shown inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

 

He added the intelligence community must evaluate how it collects and shares information on domestic extremism.

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