Senate will summon Pentagon brass over response to Capitol attack

Senate will summon Pentagon brass over response to Capitol attack


The Senate will grill Defense Department officials about allegations they resisted a call to help defend the Capitol against a violent mob on Jan. 6.

Pentagon officials “are coming next week,” Senate Rules and Administration Committee Chairwoman Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, told reporters Tuesday during a joint oversight hearing examining the events leading to the Capitol attack. Klobuchar said next week’s hearing will also include witnesses from Homeland Security and the FBI.

The hearing Tuesday featured a trio of Capitol law enforcement officials who were in charge of building security on Jan. 6 but were forced out of their jobs by House and Senate leaders following the attack, which was carried out by pro-Trump protesters and left five people dead and dozens injured.

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Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, the day’s top witness, has repeatedly accused top Pentagon officials of resisting a request that day to send the D.C. National Guard to the scene to help

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