The Capitol Police stay on excessive alert about doable violence directed towards Congress even after the Jan. 6 riot, with appearing Police Chief Yogananda Pittman saying there may be chatter about bother across the State of the Union handle.
“We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible, with a direct nexus to the State of the Union ― which we know that date has not been identified,” Pittman revealed in testimony to a House Appropriations subcommittee Thursday.
“So based on that information,” she added, “we think that it’s prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities going forward.”
Pittman spoke to lawmakers Thursday as Congress continues to look at the safety failures that led as much as the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, when Donald Trump supporters overran the constructing to attempt to cease lawmakers from certifying Joe Biden because the winner of the presidential election.
“We know that the insurrectionists that attacked the Capitol weren’t only interested in attacking members of Congress and officers,” Pittman stated. “They wanted to send a symbolic message to the nation as to who was in charge of that legislative process.”
National Guard troops and fencing stay a presence on the Capitol, a grim and unwelcome reminder of what occurred final month. Lawmakers repeatedly pressed Pittman about how for much longer each the troops and the boundaries could be up.
“We have no intention of keeping the National Guard soldiers or that fencing any longer than what is actually needed,” she responded.
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