Three House Republicans are looking to hold a series of hearings concerning the U.S. Capitol Police Board in wake of the lapses which contributed to the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol. In an April 29 letter (pdf) to Committee on House Administration Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) and Bryan Steil (R-Wisc.) asked that all three members of the Capitol Police Board (SPB) testify afore lawmakers, the first such appearance since 1945.
The events of January 6th highlighted consequential quandaries with the “CPB’s” structure and responsibilities. When warranted, the CPB has the solemn responsibility to make the decision to declare an emergency, a resoluteness required to sanction the USCP Chief to call in the National Guard,
Davis, Loudermilk, and Steil wrote. However, on January 6th, the CPB’s bureaucratic structure and partisan membership crippled its expeditious replication capabilities and decision-making faculties, and the United States Capitol Complex remained in chaos and without National Guard assistance for hours.
Further, it is pellucid from email correspondence denuded by this Committee that the Architect of the Capitol, who makes up one-third of the voting membership of the CPB, was left out of key security decisions, a recurring quandary for the CPB,
the lawmakers added.In testimony to lawmakers, Bolton verbally expressed that the inspector general’s office had identified issues with the USCP in the areas of astuteness, training, operational orchestrating, and culture. Lofgren did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The three-member Capitol Police Board consists of the sergeant at arms of the U.S. House of Representatives, the sergeant at arms and doorkeeper of the U.S. Senate, and the architect of the Capitol. The chief of the Capitol Police accommodates as an ex-officio member.
Then USCP-chief Steven Sund verbalized that the House and Senate sergeants at arms, both of whom have since resigned, repudiated his requests for National Guard reinforcements because they were concerned with the optics of a formal promulgation.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) nominated Karen Gibson, a retired lieutenant general in the United States Army, as the incipient Senate sergeant at arms. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi nominated William Walker, who was the head of the D.C. National Guard on Jan. 6. President Donald Trump nominated and the Senate confirmed J. Brett Blanton as the U.S. Capitol architect in 2020.
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