Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) Told colleagues he thought the unrest was “an inside job,” according to two lawmakers.
House majority whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) Mentioned that looters found their way to his unmarked third-floor office and stole his iPad. He asked how they could find this office, but not his clearly marked ceremonial office in the statue hall. Later another Democrat, Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., Specifically raised the question of a possible collusion between some Capitol police officers, according to several listeners.
With that in mind, House Financial Services chairman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., Told a radio station that the Democrats did not yet know whether the Capitol Police’s errors were due to “poor planning” or whether it was certain Types of planning acted on infiltration. “
A Capitol Police spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Some of the most acute concerns were voiced by members of the Color, many of whom had faced an increase in personal threats even during the Trump era and had early warnings that the proposed January 6 demonstration by Trump supporters could turn violent. These members also expressed outrage at the unequal treatment of pro-Trump rioters, many of whom were allowed to leave the Capitol after the offices of congressional leaders were searched, and the crackdown on protesters who protested racial inequality over the summer.
“If the” demonstrators “were black, they would have been shot with rubber bullets, gassed with tears and killed.” said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday.
“The police do not take white right-wing protesters so seriously and do not treat them as a threat in the way they treat African American, Latino and other groups,” said Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) in an interview. “And I think we saw the consequences of that this week.”
Since Wednesday’s attack, many Democrats have raised the alarm publicly and privately at the ease with which rioters not only entered the building but also quickly found their targets in a complex that is difficult to navigate even for members of Congress.
“Someone has to get to the bottom of how they moved into mobs with such efficiency and speed [Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s] Office. In the office of the whip on the third floor, “said Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.), One of the dozen or so Democrats locked in the chamber of the house when rioters tried to break in.
“We all joke about the fact that some of these offices are so difficult to find and we work in the building,” Dean said in an interview.
One of the pro-Trump rioters told the New York Times that a Capitol police officer referred her to the office of the Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.
Democrats have vowed to investigate all aspects of the Capitol attack – Clyburn said in response to being asked to conduct a 9/11 commission-style investigation – including the videotaped actions of the Capitol Police.
“I saw these videos,” Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) told reporters on Friday. “You had people who fought their hearts and got hit over the head with a lead pipe … and you had people who took selfies with these terrorists. So there are all of these different levels and we are going to examine all of the footage. “
MP Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., Chair of the House of Representatives committee that oversees Capitol security issues, also noted that at least some officials “took selfies with these Seditionists or even let them in.”
“We have to investigate this thoroughly,” she said.
Democrats are already angry with the Capitol Police leadership for their handling of the security situation. Lofgren said Thursday that USCP chief Steven Sund misled her about the resources available to protect legislature and Vice President Mike Pence, who was in the Capitol to count the votes of the electoral college. Sund resigned from his post on Thursday.
Lofgren said she had pressured Sund about the National Guard’s readiness for possible protests and he assured her that they would be activated if needed.
“What they told me about the National Guard just wasn’t true. The guard wasn’t even activated, ”she said.
Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) Said an independent governing body should be established for the Capitol Police Department.
“The Capitol Police are probably the only law enforcement agency I can imagine not having inconsistent civilian oversight,” Brown, who sought refuge in his office during the violation, said in an interview Friday. “That’s a problem.”
Heather Caygle and Caitlin Emma contributed to this.