Rep. Tim Ryan stated Monday that not less than two U.S. Capitol Police officers have been suspended over their complicity in last week’s insurrection at the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.
The Ohio Democrat held a virtual news conference during which he mentioned updates associated to the rebellion investigation and lawmakers’ efforts to question and take away the president, who incited the riot on Jan. 6. Ryan chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee on the legislative department, which has oversight over the U.S. Capitol Police.
“We do have a couple of Capitol Police ― we’ve talked about before with taking selfies and another Capitol Police evidently put on a MAGA hat and was walking [rioters around], I’m not sure the details,” Ryan stated. “They have been suspended.”
“The interim chief determined that to be immediately qualifying for suspension,” Ryan stated. “I said, ‘You gotta let the press know about this. It’s important the American people know you’re cleaning house here.’”
When requested by reporters why regulation enforcement nonetheless has not given any updates or information conferences for the reason that rebellion, the congressman stated that he implored interim Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman on Monday morning to talk with the press with a purpose to assist enhance transparency and rebuild belief.
“I was very clear to the interim chief this morning … that I think it is very important for her to have these kinds of communications with the press,” he stated. “We have to begin to reestablish trust with the United States Capitol Police because of what happened, and so many members of Congress and society writ large here feel very betrayed and let down by what happened.”