Senate to be briefed on inauguration security after Capitol attack

Senate to be briefed on inauguration security after Capitol attack
© Julia Nikhinson

Senators will be briefed about inauguration security after last week's attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Incoming Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) notified lawmakers of an all-senators briefing Tuesday, a Senate source told The Hill.

The Secret Service, the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will brief senators, the source added.


The briefing comes almost a week after a mob of President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE's supporters stormed the Capitol as Congress was certifying the Electoral College vote, forcing lawmakers to go into lockdown and resulting in the death of five people, including a Capitol Hill police officer. The House is moving to impeach Trump for a second time for inciting the mob.

The attack has put new scrutiny on law enforcement and raised questions about security surrounding President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID MORE's inauguration next Wednesday.

There have already been several security shifts since last week, with federal and state officials beefing up law enforcement and National Guard troops deploying around Washington. Trump has declared a state of emergency and the Secret Service will begin special protections for inaugural events Wednesday, a week earlier than initially planned.

Biden is still expected to be sworn in on the Capitol's west front, one of the areas swarmed by rioters who also climbed the scaffolding and bleachers already in place for the inauguration.

“I am not afraid to take the oath outside," Biden told reporters Monday.

Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntTrump impeachment article being sent to Senate Monday The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds Senate chaos threatens to slow Biden's agenda MORE (R-Mo.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Do Democrats really want unity? Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian cyberattack on Justice Department, Courts MORE (D-Minn.), the top members of the Rules Committee, said after the attack they were working to ensure that the inauguration is safe and underscores "our determined democracy."

“The great American tradition of an inaugural ceremony has occurred in times of peace, in times of turmoil, in times of prosperity, and in times of adversity. We will be swearing in President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021," they said in a joint statement.