Capitol Riot: Witnesses Contradict Democrats' Claim that Attack Was Expected

Capitol Riot: Witnesses Contradict Democrats' Claim that Attack Was Expected


Witnesses at the first major congressional hearing on the Capitol riot testified that they did not expect the building to be targeted by violence — directly contradicting what Democrats told the Senate impeachment trial earlier this month.

The hearing, held jointly by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, included Paul D. Irving, the former Sergeant-at-Arms for the House of Representatives; Michael C. Stenger, the former Sergeant-at-Arms for the Senate; and Steven A. Sund, the former Chief of the Capitol Police. All three resigned after the riot. Acting Chief Robert J. Contee III of the D.C. Metro Police also testified, as did Captain Carneysha Mendoza, who suffered burns to her face and nearly had her arm broken during the January 6 riot.

“Based on the intelligence that we received,” Sund said, “we planned for an increased level of violence at the Capitol, and that some participants may

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