Ex-Capitol Police chief links Jan. 6 failures to Pelosi’s influence, questions security today
The former Capitol Police chief forced to resign following Jan. 6 is set to release his side of the story in a new book warning nothing has been done to put the “agency into a better position” and that then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) fault has remained unaddressed.
The day after the Capitol was breached and the narrative of a failed insurrection was being circulated, then-Capitol Police chief Steven Sund was singled out by the speaker for the breakdown in security with a public call for his resignation. Tuesday, nearly two years later, Sund’s account is slated for release in the book titled “Courage Under Fire” in which he recounts how his own preliminary requests for the National Guard to be put on standby were dismissed, seemingly to satisfy the whims of Pelosi.
“Almost two years after the events of Jan. 6, the department is not in a better place or on a readier footing,” The Washington Post reported Sund wrote after obtaining an advance copy of the book. “Few people in the department feel there is a visible plan to move the agency into a better position. Hundreds of officers have left the department since Jan. 6 and many feel it is only going to get worse.”