Representative Brad Schneider, a Democrat from Illinois, was among those forced to take cover as rioters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.
He told CNN he was extremely frustrated with the lack of information from the Capitol Police on what went wrong and what changes will be made in the wake of the insurgency.
“I’m frustrated, extremely frustrated that we haven’t had these briefings, not just to us, but to the American people. What happened, where it went wrong, what we know, what we are learning, a local theft we had about it, ”said Schneider.
“I have participated in conversations and reports within the Democratic caucus. We did not have a full briefing. We cannot have a confidential briefing, at least I am not, I do not have the technology to be part of a classified briefing, so I did not participate in that, ”he said. added.
Schneider expressed his admiration for the Capitol Police officers, who he said were doing their best under difficult circumstances, but he was quick to point out that this was a position in which they had no need to be.
“What happened on Wednesday was preventable. It was predictable at first. There were reports, just look at social media. I saw a report today that the FBI was concerned to actually quote without citing a war on Capitol Hill. It was preventable. There were steps that I believe the Capitol Police, others could have taken to keep the crowds away and have fallback positions, so that even if they had passed through the first barrier, they could have stopped it at the secondary or even third, and it should have been managed much better. We are hearing more and more reports of slow responses and poor communications, ”he said.
Schneider is not the only one worried. Many members believe they aren’t getting the level of information they need from the Capitol Police and, according to a senior Democratic aide, frustration is growing.
“For every suspicious package on the Hill, I will receive 10 emails in real time. Then when it comes to this biggest security hole in recent times, we hear very little, ”the assistant said.
Specifically, the complaint is that there is little real-time information shared by the Capitol Police and this staff member does not think there is a level of coordination when it comes to updates and alerts – this is essentially radio silence. Other than a hastily arranged Monday night briefing, there was no briefing from the Capitol Police Chief of Staff for the members.
Schneider also expressed concern that some Capitol Police officers may have been involved or aided the rioters. He said radicalization within the military and law enforcement ranks has been a problem for some time and needs to be addressed.
“I’ve heard of it and yes, I’ve been concerned about radicalization within our law enforcement and even our military for a long time,” Schneider said. He referred to the legislation he has introduced in the past to deal with the problem.
“We have to understand the risk and then develop the plans and implement those plans to deal with and eliminate that risk. I hope that in this new Congress, we can do it, ”he added.