Today, Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) announced the Committee will hold upcoming hearings with the Inspectors General of the United States Capitol Police and the Architect of the Capitol about the January 6 insurrectionist attack on the Capitol. The hearings will continue the Committee’s work on critical oversight and response issues related to the attack. That work has included coordinating with the security task force led by Lt. Gen. Russel Honore and a distinguished team of experts, reviewing the task force’s recommendations for improving security for Congress, and conducting the only public questioning of the Capitol Police Inspector General of any congressional committee to date, among other actions.
“I continue to believe – as do Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney – that Congress must establish a commission focused on the January 6 insurrection,” said Chairperson Lofgren. “That review is necessary even though I agree with Republicans like Senator Mitch McConnell, former Speaker John Boehner, and Representative Cheney that former President Trump bears ultimate responsibility for inciting the dangerous and deadly insurrection. In the meantime, that will not deter the Committee from continuing its work.”
Chairperson Lofgren has noticed a public hearing on Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton’s latest flash report for next Monday, May 10. Each of the three flash reports issued so far by Inspector General Bolton have revealed detailed and disturbing findings and important recommendations about the Department’s preparations for and actions on the day of the attack. The Inspector General’s latest report, which the Committee received on Friday, focuses on the Department’s threat assessment and counter-surveillance operations. The May 10 hearing will be the third public session when the Committee has had the opportunity to discuss the Inspector General’s finding with him.
In addition, Chairperson Lofgren has noticed a public hearing with Architect of the Capitol Inspector General Christopher Failla about his first flash report regarding the January 6 attack for Wednesday, May 12. Like Inspector General Bolton, Inspector General Failla has been reviewing the preparations, planning, and response to the attack by the office of the Architect of the Capitol. His initial report has detailed a lack of emergency management policies and procedures and relevant training and made a number of recommendations.
“As I have said before, our important, and necessary, review of the Department’s performance as an institution and its leadership does not diminish the courage and valor of the men and women who so bravely fought to defend the Capitol on January 6,” Chairperson Lofgren added. “The Committee’s oversight is intended to make the Capitol Police Department stronger and more effective not just to keep the Capitol and those work here safer – but to keep the men and women who wear its uniform safe, too. The same is true for all legislative branch employees.”
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