The deputies who were suspended reportedly took selfies with the rioters, and one officer also put on a MAGA hat as the building was swarmed by Trump supporters angry about Joe Biden’s election. Ryan said the officer in the MAGA hat was observed “directing some people around.”
Ryan chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee that is now handling the investigation into Wednesday’s attack. He did not offer more specifics about the role of the officers in the riot or their level of involvement.
Ryan added that the interim Capitol Police chief is taking “aggressive action” to determine whether other officers played a role in the chaos that led to five deaths, including a woman who was shot to death by security officials, and a Capitol Hill police officer who was reportedly hit in the head with a fire extinguisher.
The former Capitol Police chief, Steven Sund, resigned but later defended his actions, saying he pleaded for security assistance from the National Guard but that his bosses told him to stand down because they were more concerned about optics.
President Donald Trump summoned his supporters to the nation’s capital to help pressure lawmakers to reject the Jan. 6 Electoral College vote count amid a joint session of Congress in hopes of overturning the results and hand another term to the incumbent.
“See you in Washington, DC, on January 6th. Don’t miss it,” Trump tweeted.
Of the 60 Capitol officers who were injured in the mayhem, 15 had to be hospitalized and one was in critical condition. Many also had head injuries from being struck with lead pipes, reports said.
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