Top U.S. Capitol security officials apologize for 'failings' in Jan. 6 attack

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U. S. Capitol security officials apologized on Tuesday for “failings” during the deadly attack on the building by followers of then-President Donald Trump in a bid to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.

The officials specifically acknowledged a number of missteps: conflicting intelligence, inadequate preparation and insufficient mobilization of partner agencies, and called for improving accountability systems and communications structures.

“I am here to offer my sincerest apologies on behalf of the Department,” said Yolanda Pittman, the acting chief of Capitol Police, according to a prepared statement for the U. S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee.

“The Department failed to meet its own high standards as well as yours,” she added.

About one dozen officials from agencies including the FBI, National Guard, Justice Department and U. S. Capitol Police briefed House appropriators who are looking into the events of Jan. 6.

Afterward, Democratic Representative Tim Ryan told reporters that police officers guarding the Capitol were ordered not to use lethal force against the angry mob that pushed its way into the Capitol to commit violent acts and damage the historic building.

“That was the directive they were given,” Ryan said, adding that once a lockdown was ordered at the Capitol and adjacent buildings, it was not fully enforced.

“You still had people blowing in and out ... that whole entire thing needs to be reviewed,” said Ryan, who chairs a House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees U. S. Capit... (Read more)