Klobuchar announces bipartisan Senate probes of ‘violent and criminal acts’
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBT) – U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., says bipartisan Senate committees will conduct joint hearings and oversight of security failures that occurred supporters of President Donald Trump occupied and vandalized the Capitol building during a deadly onslaught on Wednesday.
The “violent and criminal acts directed at our Capitol, a symbol of American Democracy, will forever be a stain on our nation’s history,” Klobuchar said in a joint statement with Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
Klobuchar and Blunt lead the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, while Peters and Portman are leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Klobuchar decried the attempt to “interrupt the formal count of the Electoral College votes, attempting to subvert American Democracy.”
“Due to the heroic acts of many, the perpetrators of this attack failed to achieve their goal. It is our duty as bipartisan leaders of the Senate committees with jurisdiction over homeland security, oversight and Capitol operations to examine the security failures,” according to the senators’ joint statement.
“Let us be clear: An attack on the Capitol Building is an attack on every American. We plan to conduct oversight and hold bipartisan hearings on these horrific events, and work together to make the necessary reforms to ensure this never happens again.”
The occupation led to the deaths of four of the Trump supporters, including one being investigated as a homicide, and a Capitol police officer the assailants beat.
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