More Evidence Points To Capitol Police Enabling Of Trump Rioters
Even before the smoke cleared on Jan. 6 there have been hard questions asked about the interactions of several Capitol Police officers with the insurrectionist rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol. While most officers performed heroically in attempting to defend the building and lawmakers inside, it was shocking to see one officer apparently pausing to take a selfie with one of the rioters. That officer and five others are suspended and under investigation.
Yesterday Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) revealed that the House Administration Committee that she chairs is looking into a radio communication from a Capitol Police commander that directed officers to specifically look only for anti-Trump protestors and not for pro-Trump people in the crowd.
During questioning of Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton at a committee hearing on Wednesday Lofgren said the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility was reviewing recently unearthed information about the “all outside units’ attention” radio transmission.
A committee aide declined in an interview with Politico to disclose additional details from the investigation but did emphasize that Lofgren’s panel “is recently in receipt of new documents and emails related to the Jan. 6 insurrection, including materials which brought to light these issues the Chair asked the (inspector general) about today. The committee is continuing to review those documents and emails and intends to review the relevant recorded audio when it is available.”
Lofgren’s comments are the first insight into specific concerns about the conduct of Capitol Police on the day of the deadly insurrection. Neither Lofgren nor the department identified the official who made that radio call.