After almost a year of uncertainty, it was revealed that the Department of Justice (DOJ) approved the deployment of armed “secret commandos” with authorization to kill during the disorder inside the Capitol in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, 2021.
The acting attorney general at the time, Jeffrey A. Rosen, unilaterally decided on such contingency measures that addressed the most extreme possibilities, according to Newsweek of Jan. 3.
There was no formal request from agencies such as the Capitol Police, Secret Service, or Metropolitan Police Department. In this case, The DOJ and FBI decided to act independently, with special operations forces standing by.
Later, Rosen testified before Congress that his department “did not have a front-line role concerning crowd control,” focusing on “high-risk” operations.
Also, Rosen’s decision had been preceded by a Jan. 3 meeting in Quantico, Virginia, to go over possible threats, contingencies, and plans for the joint session of Congress on the 6th, which also was not known, according to Newsweek.
It was attended by FBI Hostage Rescue teams, the national “Render Safe” team, and the Baltimore Field Office SWAT team.
Also, Special Response Teams from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. Marshals Service Special Operations Group.
The FBI tactical teams arrived at Capitol Hill early on Jan. 6, but “The lingering question is: What was it that the Justice Department saw that provoked it to view Jan. 6 as an extraordinary event, something that the other agencies evidently missed” notes author William M. Arkin.
In those riots, the only person who died violently was unarmed veteran Ashli Babbitt, at the hands of Lieutenant Michael Byrd, who was acquitted of all charges.
On the other hand, although an investigative Select Committee was appointed to elucidate what happened during that day of riots, there is still no clarity about what happened.
In this regard, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, says that the offices that report directly to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are not cooperating.
Davis wrote a letter to Pelosi, demanding that House offices under her control stop obstructing a GOP investigation into security vulnerabilities in the Capitol building.
“The events of Jan. 6, 2021 exposed serious security vulnerabilities in the Capitol Complex,” Davis of Jan. 3, 2022, said.
He added, “Unfortunately, over the past twelve months, House Democrats have been more interested in exploiting the events of Jan. 6 for political purposes than in conducting basic oversight of the security vulnerabilities exposed that day.”
He also alluded to the many attempts by Republicans to access the records, all of which have so far been denied or ignored by officials answering directly to Pelosi.
For his part, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, went even further, saying the Committee has lied to the American people and was designed to hide Pelosi’s actions.