“I didn’t know if I would make it to the end of the day alive,” Democratic Party spokeswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes of New York told Instagram Live on Tuesday. “It’s no exaggeration to say that many, many members of the House were almost killed.”
But with taking office just a week later, all security efforts have focused on forward planning, giving little room for investigation to look back and understand how security has been compromised and what has gone wrong.
“Clearly, metal detectors wouldn’t stop the violence we’ve seen; this political trick does nothing to improve the safety of members of the Capitol complex,” Boeber told CNN after the clash.
GOP officials Marquain Mullin of Oklahoma and Steve Womak of Arkansas shouted at Capitol police as they were forced to go through metal detectors. Womak shouted, “I was physically restrained,” and Moulin said, “This is my constitutional right,” to pass, and “they can’t stop me.”
On Wednesday, Pelosi proposed a new rule imposing severe fines on members who refuse to comply with new security rules. The fines – which will be deducted from members’ salaries – will be $ 5,000 for the first violation and $ 10,000 for the second violation.
“It is tragic that this step is necessary, but the Chamber of the People’s House must and will be safe,” Pelosi said in a statement.
But even some Democrats were unhappy with the extra security because it led to longer queues and members were forced to be six feet apart.
“I’m more likely to die from Kovid because I got it from a colleague than to die because a colleague shot me,” spokesman Philemon Vela, a Texas Democrat, told CNN.
Distrust in security
“There were such acts of heroism, but there were also attacks of betrayal,” Ocasio-Cortes said. “And running for the country’s Capitol and not knowing if an employee is there to help or hurt you is also quite traumatic.”
Democratic spokesman Andre Carson of Indiana also shared how law enforcement failed because he had to learn through the press in court that he was the target of a man accused of carrying bombs and arsenals in the Capitol last week. Prosecutors found Carson’s name in a handwritten note held by Lonnie Leroy Coffman, whose truck was parked near the Capitol for hours last Wednesday and contained weapons and bombs. “One of the two Muslims in the House of Representatives” was written next to Carson’s name. Carson is a Muslim.
“It is extremely disturbing to learn from the press that I was one of several individuals identified in the list of ‘good boys’ and ‘bad boys’ targeted,” Carson said in a statement to CNN. “As a former law enforcement officer, it is particularly disappointing to see the failure of law enforcement officials, including the U.S. Capitol Police, to inform individuals like me that we have been the subject of risk and accusations by the terrorist and his accomplices.”
Little information from the investigation so far
As all eyes are on preparations for the inauguration, there is still little information on the ongoing investigation into the disintegration of intelligence that led to January 6, which allows members to begin to raise their own theories about what happened.
Democrat Mickey Cheryl said on Facebook Live on Tuesday that he believed members of Congress were leading rebels around the Capitol the day before the violent attack.
“I saw intelligence the next day on January 5,” said the New Jersey Democrat. “Those members of Congress who incited this violent mob. Those members of Congress who tried to help our president undermine our democracy. I will check that they are responsible and, if necessary, ensure that they do not serve Congress. “
After her words, Cheryl told reporters on Capitol Hill that she wanted an investigation into these allegations.
“We currently want an investigation with certain agencies,” Cheryl said on Wednesday.
Until more details are known about what happened, members continue to make their complaints about the investigation public.
“I am disappointed, extremely disappointed, that we have not held these briefings not only for us but also for the American people. What happened, where did it go wrong, what do we know, what do we learn from this, do you get more briefings, from local robbery than we are had on this issue, “Schneider said.
“I’ve been part of talks and reports within the Democratic Party. We haven’t had a full briefing. We can’t have a classified briefing, at least I’m not, I don’t have the technology to participate in a classified briefing, so I didn’t participate in that.”
A high-ranking Democratic lawmaker told CNN, “for every suspicious package on the hill, I’ll receive 10 real-time emails. Then when it comes to this biggest security breach lately, we hear very little.”
This story was updated with additional developments on Wednesday.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misspelled the last name of Mikie Sherrill’s representative.
Daniela Diaz of CNN and Manu Raju contributed to this report.