Officials testify that Capitol riot was ‘coordinated attack’ in first Senate hearing – …


Here’s a recap, from Joan E Greve:

Two Senate committees held a joint hearing on the security failures that occurred during the Capitol insurrection. Several law enforcement officials, including the former chief of the US Capitol police and the acting chief of the Metropolitan police department of Washington, testified before the Senate homeland security committee and the Senate rules committee. Former USCP chief Steven Sund said of the insurrectionists: “These criminals came prepared for war.”
A Capitol police captain recounted the horror of 6 January and described the injuries she sustained. Capt Carneysha Mendoza said Capitol police officers were outnumbered by the insurrectionists, who deployed dangerous weapons against the officers. “I received chemical burns to my face that still have not healed to this day,” Mendoza said.
Joe and Jill Biden will travel to Texas on Friday, as the state grapples with the fallout from last week’s winter storm that left dozens dead. Millions of Texans still do not have access to clean water.
The Senate confirmed Linda Thomas-Greenfield as the next US ambassador to the United Nations. The Senate voted 78-20 to approve the nomination of Thomas-Greenfield, a longtime diplomat who served in the Obama administration.
The Senate also confirmed Tom Vilsack as the secretary of agriculture, in a vote of 92-7…

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