House committee opens investigation into Capitol mob breach

House committee opens investigation into Capitol mob breach
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The House committee that funds the U.S. Capitol Police said Thursday it was opening an investigation into the security failures that allowed a violent mob of President TrumpDonald TrumpSunday shows preview: House GOP removes Cheney from leadership position; CDC issues new guidance for fully vaccinated Americans Navajo Nation president on Arizona's new voting restrictions: An 'assault' on our rights The Memo: Lawmakers on edge after Greene's spat with Ocasio-Cortez MORE's supporters to breach the Capitol building on Wednesday.

"The breach of the Capitol raises serious questions about what law enforcement did and what they should have done differently," House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroHouse Democrats unveil .9 billion bill to boost security after insurrection Capitol Police watchdog back in spotlight amid security concerns Battle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers MORE (D-Conn.) and House Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee Chairman Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanFudge violated the Hatch Act, watchdog finds Democrats confront difficult prospects for midterms Tim Ryan touts labor support in Senate bid MORE (D-Ohio) said in a joint statement.

“To ensure the safety of those who work and visit here, we must get to the bottom of these breakdowns and prevent them from ever happening again," they added.


The Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee oversees the Capitol Police, as well as other security agencies responsible for the Capitol such as the sergeant at arms. 

The investigation, they said, would include hearings "to directly question key leaders about what went wrong."

Those leaders are likely to include Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, the Sergeants at Arms from each chamber and the Architect of the Capitol, which together comprise the Capitol Police's oversight board.