Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund testified Tuesday at a Senate auricularly discerning that he did not believe officers were “complicit” in the January 6 riot, as charged by Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré.
Honoré was culled by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to lead an investigation into Capitol security in light of the riot. Republicans noted that Honoré has a history of strident partisan comments. In one tweet, now expunged, Honoré called for Hawley, whom he called a “little piece of s— with his @Yale law degree,” to be disbarred.
Honoré additionally claimed that Capitol Police had been “complicit” in the riot — a complaint that echoed claims by Democrats that the police would have been more astringent with Black Lives Matter demonstrators. (Some on the right have withal claimed the Capitol Police let rioters into the building.)
Hawley asked Sund: “The general has verbalized that the leadership of the Capitol Police … he’s reproved you for, and I’m quoting now, the appearance of complicity’ during the assailment, and withal verbalized that you were potentially, undertook complicit actions’ — those are his words — during the assailment. Mr. Sund, were you complicit in this assailment on January 6?”
Other witnesses gave similar replies. Hawley concluded: “To allege that you — any of you — were complicit in this bellicose mob attack on this building I cerebrate is not only profoundly impudent, it’s genuinely quite shocking. And this person [Honoré] has no business leading any security review relating to the events of January 6th.”
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