The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington D.C. has rejected a Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) request related to their investigation into the Capitol siege on Jan. 6, according to Just The News.
In the FOIA request, Just The News sought records of the MPD’s interviews with top congressional security, including the former Sergeant at Arms of the House Paul Irving, Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate Jennifer Hemingway, and the former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund.
The MPD declined the request, claiming that it invaded “personal privacy.”
Both Irving and Sund resigned from their posts in the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol. Sund told the Washington Post that security officials at the House and Senate rebuffed his early requests to call in the National Guard ahead of the Capitol protest. Sund stepped down after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called for him to resign.
According to NBC News, the FBI and the New York Police Department had warned the U.S. Capitol Police about the possibility of a violent attack ahead of the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.
John Solomon, editor in chief of Just The News, said the FOIA request would shed light on what congressional leaders like Pelosi and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell knew about possible attacks before and during the Capitol siege.
“We’re gonna fight for those documents, but something tells me what’s in those documents has some very very big relevance to what happened on The Hill, and the question I have is what did Nancy Pelosi know? What did Mitch McConnell know about these threats beforehand?” John Solomon told former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.
“If they didn’t know then, it’s an intelligence failure of the police. If they did know there’s something they didn’t tell us before we went into this impeachment,” he added.
BREAKING: @jsolomonreports says DC police rejected his FOIA request for records pertaining to their investigation of the siege of the U.S. Capitol.
— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) January 14, 2021
On Wednesday, House Democrats voted to impeach President Trump for a second time, charging the president with “incitement of insurrection” for the speech he gave before the Capitol building break-in on Jan. 6.
The president in the speech that day told his supporters to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Speaking on the House floor on Wednesday, Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) raised the same question as Solomon’s to Pelosi.
“What did the Speaker know?” asked Perry. “The FBI knew about a number of individuals that were planning a war on the capitol, including killing police officers, and they shared the information, but nothing happened … How does the President incite an attack that was pre-planned and already underway before his speech was concluded?”
“What did the Speaker know?
“The FBI knew about … individuals that were planning a war on the capitol … and they shared the information but nothing happened.
“How does the President incite an attack that was pre-planned and already underway before his speech was concluded?” pic.twitter.com/k50riRX6ti
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) January 13, 2021