US Capitol riot: Senate begins overview of lapses

WASHINGTON, February 23

Two US Senate panels reviewing security failings in the run-up to the deadly assault on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump are due on Tuesday to interview the top security officials involved in the planning and response.

Steven Sund, the former chief of the US Capitol Police, will testify along with the former sergeants-at-arms of the House of Representatives and Senate, Paul Irving and Michael Stenger. All three men resigned in the wake of the January 6 violence that left five persons dead. Also, appearing will be Robert Contee, the acting police chief in Washington, DC, whose forces helped the Capitol Police control the mob and eventually clear the Capitol so that lawmakers could return to certify President Joe Biden’s election victory. — Reuters

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