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Blunt, Klobuchar Announce U.S. Capitol Police Oversight Hearing Following the January 6th Attack on the Capitol

June 09, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Ranking Member and Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, announced a hearing titled “Oversight of the U.S. Capitol Police following the January 6th Attack on the Capitol,” with Michael Bolton, Inspector General for the U.S. Capitol Police, on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. This week, the Rules and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees released a joint report on the security, planning, and response failures related to the violent and unprecedented attack on January 6th.

“The bipartisan joint investigation by the Rules and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees produced valuable information on what went wrong on January 6th and what we need to do to help prevent another attack,” said Blunt. “The intelligence and planning failures, combined with a lack of proper equipment, staffing, and training, put officers in an incredibly difficult and, tragically, dangerous position. I look forward to hearing from the Capitol Police Inspector General and working with him to assist the department with its implementation of these recommendations.”

“At our first bipartisan hearing, I announced as Chair of the Rules Committee that our purpose was to find solutions and issue timely recommendations so the failures we saw on January 6th never happen again,” said Klobuchar. This week we issued a report that laid out necessary reforms to ensure the Capitol Police and federal intelligence agencies are prepared in the future to protect our democracy. While more must be done, this hearing with the Capitol Police Inspector General is an important part of continuing our work.”

The hearing will be broadcast live at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 on the Rules Committee website here.

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