Senate holds hearing into January Capitol attack by Trump supporters – live

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Michael Stenger, the former Senate sergeant at arms, said law enforcement leaders in Washington always need to be prepared for the possibility of civil disobedience.

“The events of January 6th went beyond disobedience,” Stenger said. “This was a violent, coordinated attack where the loss of life could have been much worse.”

Stenger also resigned from his post after the Capitol insurrection.

Steven Sund, the former chief of the US Capitol Police, said his officers were outnumbered by the insurrectionists, who deployed dangerous weapons against law enforcement on January 6.

“These criminals came prepared for war,” Sund said.

Sund announced his resignation from the USCP the day after the Capitol insurrection, amid widespread criticism of his handling of the attack.

Robert Contee, the acting chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, offered an hour-by-hour timeline of how his officers responded to the Capitol insurrection.

The MPD chief said his officers “immediately” responded when the US Capitol Police requested assistance.

Contee added he was “surprised” by the reluctance from the department of the army to deploy the National Guard to respond to the Capitol attack after the building was breached…

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