Officials in charge of the security of the U.S. Capitol are resigning after Wednesday’s riot as lawmakers push for accountability after the disaster.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Capitol Police said on Thursday that Chief Steven Sund was on his way out, according to NBC News. The departure comes after Speaker Nancy Pelosi called publicly for his resignation, calling the incident a “failure of leadership at the top.” Sund will serve through Jan. 16, leaving just days before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in to office as President of the United States.
The Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate, Michael Stenger, and the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House, Paul Irving, have also resigned after pressure from top lawmakers, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to the Associated Press.
A series of oversights, errors and poor choices exacerbated Wednesday’s riot. As The Daily Wire reports:
Ahead of the protest, federal authorities reportedly wanted to maintain a “minimally visible presence” to “avoid inflaming tensions,”