Former Capitol security officials decimated Democrat talking points on Tuesday when they testified that they believe the Capitol protest on Jan. 6 was in fact a “coordinated attack” not a spontaneous incitement to riot by President Trump.
Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger and former House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving, as well as Metropolitan Police Department acting chief Robert Contee, testified at the first major congressional hearing related to the incident on Jan. 6.
“These people came with specific equipment. If you’re bringing explosives, chemical spray and climbing gear to a demonstration – you’ve already planned to come prepared. ” Sund testified. “They timed the riot perfectly, as they knew our agency would not be at full strength at that moment.”
“We were dealing with 2 pipe bomb threats against the RNC at the time as well. I think there was significant coordination with this attack,” Sund said.
Other security officials agreed.
“It was certainly coordinated,” Contee said, referring to Sund’s point on the timing of the pipe bomb.
“We learning that this certainly was a coordinated effort as they continue to scrub their social media accounts,” Contee said.
Intelligence reports include extremist groups like The Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys, but make no reference to the the far-left agitators that were present at the Capitol as well.
In his rally speech, President Trump urged his supporters to rally “peacefully and patriotically,” but Democrats have since ignored that in an attempt to bolster their impeachment case.
After a weeklong trial President Trump was acquitted by the Senate, following the House of Representatives on Jan. 13 voting to impeach him on one article – inciting insurrection.