Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., spoke Feb. 23 in a Senate hearing where security officials testified for the first time about the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Officials blamed faulty intelligence for not anticipating the violent intentions of the mob that invaded the building and interrupted the certification of the presidential election.
Klobuchar implored lawmakers to find out through the hearings why it took so long to deploy the National Guard, as well as what was known about the potential for violence before the attack and how information about possible threats was shared among law enforcement.
“We owe it to the 140 Capitol Police officers injured and to all those at the Capitol who continue to suffer the repercussions … We owe it to the officers who lost their lives,” she said. “We owe it to the American people to figure out how the United States Capitol — the preeminent symbol of democracy around the world — could be overtaken by an angry, violent mob.”
Five people died from the Capitol riot, including a Capitol Police officer. On Feb. 13, former President Donald Trump was acquitted of inciting insurrection in his second impeachment trial.
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