Security officials said Capitol rioters ‘came prepared for war’

Security officials said Capitol rioters 'came prepared for war'
Police and rioters clashed for hours in the halls of Congress. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Security officials of the US Capitol who were ousted in the wake of the January 6 attack on Congress have blamed intelligence failures for the breach. The officials said while testifying to a Senate committee that the rioters “came prepared for war” with weapons, radios and climbing gear.

Chief Steven Sund, ex-Capitol Police, said he had prepared for a protest, not “a military-style coordinated assault”.

Four people and a Capitol police officer died after pro-Trump protesters stormed the US Capitol.

Three of the four officials testifying on Tuesday to the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee resigned in the immediate wake of the attack.

Acting Washington DC police chief Robert Contee III told the committee that he was “stunned” by how long it took for the Pentagon to deploy National Guard troops to help quell the riots.

Democrats charge that the attack amounted to an insurrection, and impeached the then-President Donald Trump for allegedly inciting the mob. Mr Trump was later acquitted by the Senate, becoming the first president in US history to be impeached twice.

All three officials who testified on Tuesday agreed that there appeared to be a level of co-ordination and planning from the crowd.

Capitol Police Captain Carneysha Mendoza described the attack, telling lawmakers that she has chemical burns on her face from the rioters that still have not fully healed.

She also said that an FBI report, warning that protesters had ‘came prepared for war’, had failed to reach security officials on the eve of the attack.

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