‘Failure of leadership’: Rep. Ryan reacts to testimony on US Capitol security during breach

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WASHIGNTON (WJW)– Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH 13) held a virtual news conference on Thursday to address the security failures at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

This week marked the start of Senate hearings on how Capitol police were prepared and how much law enforcement knew about plans for violence.

“I believe it was a complete failure of leadership when you look at the lack of equipment, you look at the lack of communication, information flows were terrible,” said Ryan, Chair of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee. “It seems like there wasn’t much training.”

On Jan. 6, a mob breached the Capitol building in Washington, disrupting congressional proceedings to certify the electoral vote to make Joe Biden the next president. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died in the riot and President Donald Trump was impeached for incitement of insurrection.

“The only thing they got right was the intelligence, but they didn’t use it properly or at all,” Ryan said.

The FBI continues to identify and charge people for their involvement. So far, 10 Ohio residents have been charged in the breach.

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