Senate Holding Joint Hearing With 2 Committees Questioning Men In Charge Of Security On Day Of Capitol Riot

CBS4's Madeleine Rivera reports from Capitol Hill.

Video Transcript

- Now to the investigation into the crisis at the Capitol. And here's a live look at our nation's capital where lawmakers spent the day listening to testimony in the search for answers into that assault January 6th. The Senate is holding a joint hearing with two committees questioning the men in charge of security that day.

- Several of those witnesses were forced into retirement following the assault. CBS4's Madeleine Rivera has the latest from Capitol Hill.

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MADELEINE RIVERA: Former Capitol Hill security officials say they were unprepared for the January 6 assault on the Capitol because of faulty intelligence and a breakdown in communication.

PAUL IRVING: Every Capitol Police daily intelligence report between January 4 and January 6th, including on January 6th, forecast the chance of civil disobedience or arrests during the protests as remote to improbable.

MADELEINE RIVERA: US Capitol Police now acknowledge they received an FBI report ahead of the attack describing online threats of a, quote, "looming war at the Capitol."

STEVEN SUND: The United States Capitol Police Department did get that report. I was just advised of that in the last 24 hours. That report made it from the Joint Terrorism Task Force over to our Intelligence Bureau over to a sergeant there and ceased moving forward at that point.

MADELEINE RIVERA: There remains conflicting information about the decision not to request the National Guard be put on standby ahead of the January 6th rally.

Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund says he was told on January 4th that bringing in the National Guard would be bad optics. While former House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving insists that wasn't a factor.

PAUL IRVING: Let me be clear. Optics as portrayed in the media played no role whatsoever in my decisions about security.

MADELEINE RIVERA: However, Robert Contee, the chief of police for Washington DC, says that the army questioned the optics of deploying the guard when the request was made during the attack.

ROBERT CONTEE: My response to that was simply I was just stunned. That, you know, I have officers that were out there literally fighting for their lives.

MADELEINE RIVERA: Senators say this is just the first of multiple hearings looking into the attack. Madeleine Rivera, CBS News, Capitol Hill.

- Senators say they will hold other hearings involving government agencies involved in the investigation into the attack. This is on top of the 9-11 style commission that lawmakers are putting together to investigate the event. Look for much more on the hearings over the Capitol Hill insurrection. That's tonight on the CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell at 6:30 after CBS4 News at 6:00.