Washington – A bipartisan Senate report details some flaws in the security apparatus during the Jan.6 takeover of Congress and recommends how to resolve them, but raises new questions about the episode in which hundreds of Donald Trump supporters smashed Capitol windows and doors and they interrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
The report, released last week, has a rather narrow focus and does not analyze the reasons that drove the insurgents or the role of Trump, who spread lies about his defeat. The joint investigation by two Senate committees was quickly completed to take steps to protect Congress, and some government agencies did not fully cooperate.
The scope of the report was narrowed to the support of Republicans, most of whom say they have little interest in studying the political motivations of the insurgents.RELATED
Democrats, and some Republicans, believe that the creation of an independent, bipartisan commission is still necessary to study the episode. But Republican senators blocked a bill that would have created a panel similar to the one that studied the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, saying no further investigation was needed.
Democratic Senator Gary Peters, one of the authors of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs report, says the Jan. 6 episode was a wake-up call for domestic terrorism, much like the Jan. 11 attack. September was a red flag about international terrorism. A commission could do “a much deeper analysis,” Peters said.
The unresolved questions:
The failures of security services
The Senate report details failures in different areas of the government. Capitol Police and other agencies knew that Trump supporters wanted to prevent certification of Biden’s victory. But that information was not shared properly and several of the higher ups never got to see it.
The two senatorial committees that conducted the investigation, the National Security Committee and the Senate Rules Committee, said that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security did not fully cooperate with the investigation, so the role of those agencies in the detected flaws did not it is clear.
Lawmakers say they want to know why so many agencies did not see the attack coming, even though it was planned in the light of day via social media and the internet. The Senate report says that in many cases, law enforcement agencies found the posts on the networks not credible.
“That’s very, very troublesome,” Peters said.
What role did extremist organizations play?
Democrats say they also want to know more about the organization and the factors that mobilized the far-right groups.
More than three dozen members of the right-wing Proud Boys and Oath Keepers organizations have been charged. Regardless of the criminal charges, a commission could study the influence of these groups, how they were formed and what they may be planning now. Lawmakers also want to know more about their finances and whether someone paid for them to go to Washington.
The role of Donald Trump
The most obvious question that has yet to be answered is what was Trump’s role. The House of Representatives ordered an impeachment of Trump for encouraging the insurrection in an act on January 6, in which he exhorted his supporters to “fight like hell” so that Biden did not reach the presidency. The Senate, however, acquitted him. Republican senators made it clear that they do not want Trump to be investigated and blocked the creation of a commission.
The Washington Police Chief announced that they have expanded the number of National Guard troops to more than 20,000 for the days leading up to and during the inauguration ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden. (EFE Agency)
The ceremony will take place on January 20. (EFE Agency)
So far, the maximum number of soldiers to be deployed from this weekend has been set at between 10,000 and 15,000. (EFE Agency)
Many of them were quartered last night inside the Capitol. (EFE Agency)
On January 6, the United States Capitol was assaulted by a violent mob of supporters of the outgoing president, Donald Trump. (EFE Agency)
The Pentagon estimates that the number of National Guard troops assigned to reinforce security in the US capital is close to 30,000. (EFE Agency)
To the figure will be added the bodies of the Capitol Police, the National Park Police, the local police of Washington and the Secret Service. (EFE Agency)
“I think we can expect just over 20,000 National Guard personnel to be throughout the District of Columbia,” the acting Washington Police Chief reported. (EFE Agency)
According to sources from the Department of Defense, the final determination on the forces that will be needed in the capital during the inauguration will depend on the requirements of the Secret Service, in charge of presidential security. (EFE Agency)
At the moment, there will be 10,000 troops deployed to Washington this weekend, double the entire current US military presence in Afghanistan. (EFE Agency)
For the first time since the Civil War (1861-1865), several hundred soldiers were quartered inside the Capitol. (EFE Agency)
They had to sleep on the marble floors and corridors, surrounded by the sumptuousness of the legislative headquarters. (EFE Agency)
Washington authorities have been forced to call in units from the Maryland and Virginia National Guard, neighboring states, as well as a rapid reaction force specialized in riots. (EFE Agency)
The Secretary of the Army said they should be careful when sending the National Guard from other states to Washington, as there are threats of unrest during the inauguration not only in the capital, but also in the government headquarters of all 50 states. from the country. (EFE Agency)
Members of both parties, however, wonder what role Trump played. According to a Republican representative, Trump defended the insurgents as they took over Congress by speaking with Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy. And Republican Senator Ben Sasse declared on the radio that he had been told that Trump was “delighted” with what was happening.
A commission could also look at the influence of Trump’s lies about the election. Trump insists the victory was stolen even though numerous agencies and officials in his own party said the elections had been fair. The rebels repeated Trump’s lies when they entered Congress by force and many defend themselves in court saying they were following the president’s orders.
Did anyone cooperate from within?
Some Democrats believe that Republican lawmakers may have known in advance that a mob would resort to violence.
Republicans deny it and there is no evidence of coordination.