Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’s concerned about the “shocking failures” of security at the Capitol, when a mob of President Trump’s supporters was able to break into the premises in an attempt to halt certification of Trump’s re-election defeat.
“The ultimate blame for yesterday lies with the unhinged criminals who broke down doors, trampled our nation’s flag, fought with law enforcement, and tried to disrupt our democracy, and with those who incited them,” McConnell said.
“But this fact does not and will not preclude our addressing the shocking failures in the Capitol’s security posture and protocols.”
The clashes resulted in four deaths, police say, including the fatal shooting of a Trump supporter.
McConnell said that “yesterday represented a massive failure of institutions, protocols, and planning that are supposed to protect the first branch of our federal government.”
“A painstaking investigation and thorough review must now take place and significant changes must follow. Initial bipartisan discussions have already begun among committees