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US Capitol Police ‘failure’ on Jan. 6 detailed in whistleblower letter

A whistleblower has sent a letter to top lawmakers in Congress, detailing “failure” by Capitol Police leaders during the Jan. 6 raid to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Sean Gallagher, the acting chief of uniformed operations, and Yogananda Pittman, the assistant chief for protective and intelligence operations, were both accused of mishandling the protest by supporters of former President Donald Trump after his loss in the November 2019 presidential election.

Their performance before and after the protest "directly contributed to the deaths and wounding of officers and civilians,” read the letter.

"Although there is more work to do, many of the problems described in the letter have been addressed,” said the Capitol police in response, adding that the department “has implemented, and continues to implement, many of the critical recommendations called for in” a Senate inquiry into Jan. 6.

The letter was addressed to Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, House speaker Nancy Pelosi, and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy.

“The truth may be valued less than politics by many members of the congressional community to include those that have made decisions about the leadership of the USCP post January 6th, but I believe the truth still matters to real people and certainly the men and women of the US Capitol Police,” the whistleblower wrote. “These officials were the only officials that had all the intelligence information for the 6th… The single most important piece of intelligence information ... was never shared with any members of USCP leadership… Why did they approve the operational plan for the 6th if they knew the intelligence?”

Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election results by inciting his supporters to ransack the Capitol as American lawmakers were busy certifying Biden’s victory on Jan. 6, yet to no avail.

This is while the former president and the current one, President Joe Biden, are confronting one another over executive privilege in attempt to gain advantage of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The White House recently blocked an attempt by the former president to withhold documents from US Congress related to the deadly protest by his supporters.

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