“To protect our democracy, we must now put the security of the US Capitol complex under strict control,” Pelosi said in a statement. “To this end, I have asked Lt. Gen. Russell Honoré (Ret.), A respected commander with experience in dealing with crises, to lead an immediate review of the Capitol’s security infrastructure, interagency operations and procedures, and command and control.”
Pelosi spoke about the efforts to secure the Capitol building in the wake of the deadly siege at a press conference Friday, saying, “Following the attack last week on the Capitol Complex, there was an unprecedented mobilization of security at the Capitol Building. To the National Guard who are here to protect our democracy. ”
The Capitol riots occurred after Trump repeatedly made false allegations that the election was stolen from him and urged his supporters to respond.
In the wake of the deadly siege, security has been intensified at the Capitol building ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, which is scheduled to take place in a few days on January 20.
“We have to submit this entire complex to scrutiny in light of what happened and the fact that the inauguration is coming,” Pelosi said during her press conference.
“Members are moving forward with strong oversight from the committees, of course, to conduct an after-action review. There is strong interest in Congress in a 9/11 committee – an external committee for post-review action. In the meantime, me,” the speaker said during her press conference. Very grateful to General Honoré for assuming this responsibility. “
Pelosi described Honoré as “a respected leader with experience in dealing with crises”.
This story has been updated with additional developments on Friday.