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Waters Sends Letter to Chair Lofgren Calling for Investigation into Capitol Police Response to Insurrection, Outlines December Call With Chief Sund

January 7, 2021
Press Release

Waters Sends Letter to Chair Lofgren Calling for Investigation into Capitol Police Response to Insurrection, Outlines December Call With Chief Sund

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, sent a letter to Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Chairwoman of the Committee on House Administration, outlining Waters’ December 31, 2020 call with Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund and calling for an investigation into the United States Capitol Police (USCP) response to the insurrection.

“The assault on the Capitol of the United States of America on January 6, 2020 will go down as one of the darkest days in the history of our nation,” wrote Congresswoman Waters. “The ability of a violent mob to breach what is supposed to be one of the most secure buildings in the world is both concerning and unacceptable. Today, I write to you to join in calling for an investigation into the United States Capitol Police (USCP) and the actions they took or failed to take that led up to the breach.”

“On December 31, 2020, I spoke with Chief Sund for over an hour. In this call, I raised several questions about the security of the Capitol grounds, including the plaza, the chambers, and the house office buildings. In this call, Chief Sund assured me time and time again that the plaza would be absolutely secured...”

“The insurrection that transpired due to the lack of preparation by the USCP is without a doubt beneath the level of security that is required to protect the seat of government, our democracy, and all those who serve in it and fight so fiercely for it. We must ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. In addition to joining Speaker Pelosi in calling for the resignation of Chief Sund, I reiterate my strong call for an investigation into the actions of the USCP and demand safety protocols be updated immediately.”

Click here to view the full text of the letter.

Since this letter was transmitted, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund has submitted his resignation, effective January 16, 2020.

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