The whistleblower’s criticism went beyond the leaders of the Capitol Police to Congress. Without naming specific lawmakers, his letter accuses congressional leaders of “deliberately failing” to tell the truth about the ministry’s failure.
POLITICO has received the letter detailing the allegations circulating among Capitol police officers and is publishing parts of it here. In order to protect the identity of the whistleblower, POLITICO does not publish the letter in full.
“The truth may be valued less than politics by many members of Congress, including those who came after the US Capitol Police’s 6th,” the whistleblower wrote.
A Capitol Police spokesman sent a statement in response to the letter which begins: “A lot has changed since January 6th. While there is still much to be done, many of the issues described in the letter have been addressed. “
The spokesman added that the department “many of the critical recommendations demanded “a Senate investigation on January 6, a separate review by retired Lieutenant General Russel Honoré and several investigations by the company’s own Inspector General.
“The letter from the former employee reflects the thoughtful recommendations in these reports,” the Capitol Police spokesman continued. “The USCP leaders, under new Chief Tom Manger, are committed to learning from past mistakes and protecting our brave officers who fought valiantly on January 6th so that we can continue to fulfill the division’s critical mission. The men and women in this department are committed to this critical mission. Our goal is to work as a team, move forward, and advance the work that keeps the US Capitol and the people who work here safe. “
The letter was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. A copy was also sent to the Republican Staff of the House Administrative Committee.
The whistleblower accused Pittman of lying to Congress about an important intelligence report the department received in late December. This report found that a blog called “thedonald.win” posted a map of the Capitol campus and that commentators on the website asked protesters to bear arms and confront members of Congress on January 6th.
Pittman told Congressional investigators in April that a cohort of senior officials from the department also knew of the information prior to the attack. However, the whistleblower claimed in his letter that other officials did not receive the intelligence report and that Pittman lied when she said so.
“These officers were the only officers who had all the intelligence information for the 6th,” the whistleblower wrote of Gallagher and Pittman.
“The most important intelligence information … was never released to members of the USCP leadership,” added the whistleblower, asking, “Why did you approve the plan of operations for the 6th when you knew the intelligence services?”
A senior law enforcement official said that other people in the department did indeed have the information, but that it clearly should have been spread more widely. The Capitol Police spokesman denied allegations that Pittman lied to Congress, noting that the department changed its internal and external information exchange practices as a result of the attack.
However, the report in question wasn’t the only key piece of information not reaching the right people in the department, the whistleblower said. Gallagher and Pittman also had information showing that groups that received permits to hold events around the Capitol on Jan. 6 were all frontline operations for Stop the Steal, the whistleblower wrote.
Stop the Steal was a movement that promoted the conspiracy theory that nefarious forces stole Trump’s election. The movement’s organizers sponsored a rally on the National Mall that preceded the attack on the Capitol.
This was “groundbreaking information,” added the whistleblower, but operational commanders – that is, the law enforcement officers in the field who oversaw police activities – never heard of it.
According to the whistleblower, Gallagher and Pittman had all the information they needed to justify calling for National Guard reinforcements, closing the doors to the Capitol, and using harsher but less than lethal weapons on the morning of Jan. 6. This information shouldn’t be shared with the right people, wrote the whistleblower, instead approving a pathetically inadequate security plan.
The whistleblower also said he spent hours at the Capitol Police command center with Pittman and Gallagher during the attack, claiming they did little to stop the violence. The presence of the whistleblower at the command center on January 6 was confirmed by two other police officers and a third person who was present during the attack.
These three people gave different information about how long the whistleblower was there. One of the people said he was there for six hours, another said he was there for “several” hours, and a third said he was there for less than two hours.
“What I saw was that most of the time they sat and watched blank TV screens showing real-time footage of officers and officials fighting for Congress and their lives,” the whistleblower wrote.
“My claim is that these two made a deliberate and malevolent choice not to try to help the officers and officials blame others for the mistakes and to use this event for their own personal promotions,” he added . “That wasn’t done after the evening[t] but while officers and officials were still fighting against the demonstrators. “
They watched, “mostly with their hands in their laps,” he added, and “did not try to help or help as officers and officials were literally fighting for one another, their lives and Congress.”
The two police officers who confirmed the presence of Pittman and Gallagher at the command center denied claims that they passively observed the attacks. These officials said Gallagher focused on helping the National Guard and law enforcement partners, and Pittman focused on evacuating and protecting members of Congress and the Vice President.
However, the whistleblower wrote that officials and officers resigned en masse because Pittman and Gallagher were not held accountable for what happened that day.
“This concerted effort to protect the unquestionably two members of the department most responsible for the tragic events of January 6 is repulsive,” the whistleblower wrote.
And the whistleblower criticized the Congressional leadership for letting Gallagher and Pittman maintain their leadership roles in the police force even as a new head of Capitol Police took over.
“[I]It is immensely embarrassing for the congress management and the staff that they have chosen the two most responsible people for the 6th to head the department after the 6th, ”he wrote in his conclusion. “Especially since an entity selected them without investigation. To hold them accountable, the same group would have to admit they were wrong. “