Two Senate committees vow probe of security failure during Capitol riots

Two Senate committees vow probe of security failure during Capitol riots
© Greg Nash

Two Senate committees said on Friday that they will investigate security failures after rioters breached and vandalized the U.S. Capitol building. 

Sens. Gary PetersGary PetersBiden pays tribute to late Sen. Levin: 'Embodied the best of who we are' Former longtime Sen. Carl Levin dies at 87 GOP, Democrats battle over masks in House, Senate MORE (D-Mich.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet On The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (R-Ohio), the top members of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Democrats urge tech CEOs to combat Spanish disinformation | Amazon fined 6M by EU regulators Democrats urge tech CEOs to combat Spanish disinformation Bill would honor Ginsburg, O'Connor with statues at Capitol MORE (D-Minn.) and Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon passes on Senate campaign MORE (R-Mo.), the top members of the Rules Committee, said they would hold hearings and conduct joint oversight after a mob was able to storm the Capitol, temporarily suspending the counting of the Electoral College vote. 

“It is our duty as bipartisan leaders of the Senate committees with jurisdiction over homeland security, oversight and Capitol operations to examine the security failures that led to Wednesday’s attack," they said in a joint statement. 

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“Let us be clear: An attack on the Capitol Building is an attack on every American. We plan to conduct oversight and hold bipartisan hearings on these horrific events, and work together to make the necessary reforms to ensure this never happens again," they added. 

The security lapse has sparked fierce bipartisan backlash amid shock that a pro-Trump mob was able to breach the Capitol, including entering both chambers and vandalizing leadership offices. 

The announcement from the two Senate panels comes as House committees and individual senators have pledged to probe why rioters were able to overrun Capitol Police and enter the building.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire MORE (R-Ky.) indicated that leadership and committee discussions were already underway about an investigation. 

"A painstaking investigation and thorough review must now take place and significant changes must follow," McConnell said in his statement Thursday.

Countless videos have shown police officers outnumbered as they tried to hold off a mob of people inside and outside of the Capitol.

Three top security officials will resign or have been fired following Wednesday's events: Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund and House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving.