WASHINGTON — A series of bipartisan investigative hearings will begin Tuesday in the Senate to scrutinize the security breakdowns that failed to prevent the deadly Capitol riot, the most violent attack in more than 200 years on the building where Congress meets.
At a joint meeting of two Senate committees, lawmakers will have a chance to question the officials who were in charge of securing the Capitol during the attack on Jan. 6, when Capitol Police officers and members of the city’s Metropolitan Police Department called in as a mob overran reinforcements while the vice president and members of the House and Senate were gathered inside.
It will be the first time the public will hear from the top two security officials at the Capitol that day, both of whom resigned after the breach. Paul D. Irving, the former House sergeant-at-arms, and Michael C. Stenger, the former Senate sergeant-at-arms, have come under scrutiny amid reports that they did not act swiftly enough in calling for the National Guard. The committees will also hear from Steven A. Sund, the former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, who also resigned after the attack, and Robert J. Contee III, the chief of the Metropolitan Police Department.
What we’re expecting to see: The hearing on Tuesday will be the first in a series of oversight hearings organized by Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota and the chairwoman of the administration panel, and Senator Gary Peters, Democrat of Michigan and the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. They will be accompanied by the top Republicans on the panels, Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri and Rob Portman of Ohio.