Ex-Police Chief: Pipe Bomb Triggered Congressional Evacuation, Not Capitol Breach
Capitol Police chief Steven Sund turns Dem narrative on its head
A former police officer has claimed a pipe bomb casued the congressional evacuation on Jan. 6, no the Capitol breach.
The bomb was discovered by U.S. Capitol Police at 12:45 p.m., before any of the violence started.
Authorities later found another device, the Democratic National Committee headquarters.
Former U.S. Capitol Police chief Steven Sund told senators on Tuesday during a joint hearing that he discoveries “resulted in the evacuation of two congressional buildings, the Cannon House Office Building, as well as one of the Library of Congress buildings."
He was asked by Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) if it was correct to say the pipe bombs' discovery triggered the evacuations.
“That is correct, sir,” Sund replied.
Capitol Police responded to the bomb found at the Republican committee headquarters, while the Metropolitan Police Department led the other bomb's response.
The now resigned ex-police chief said, “it took extensive resources,” he said.
The mob breached the Capitol shortly after the bombs were found, making it all the way to the House chamber's entry and inside the Senate chamber.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is still seeking a person or persons responsible for the pipe bombs.
A $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the person or persons responsible for arrest, and conviction.
Surveillance footage showed an individual wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, a face mask, and Nike shows in yellow, black, and gray walking and carrying a backpack in their hand.
Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia told reporters the bombs were “real devices” with “explosive igniters” and “timers."
Officials were investigating why the bomb didn't explode.
“That is obviously being vetted and investigated. What was the purpose of those devices being planted? Was it a diversionary type of a tactic used by some of these rioters?"
"Or did it have some other type of nefarious purpose? So that is what the [investigators] are looking at as we speak right now, and looking for those persons that planted those devices,” he said.
Democrats have been pushing the theory that President Trump, who appeared at a “Stop the Steal” rally the morning of January 6th, “incited” the crowd to march to the U.S. Capitol and disrupt a planned vote to certify the results of the Electoral College.
Sund even suggested that rioters had studied Capitol Police strategy and knew the building’s weak points.
“These people came specifically with equipment. You’re bringing climbing gear to a demonstration, explosives, chemical spray – you’re coming prepared,” Sund said.
“The fact that the group attacked our West Front 20 minutes before the event at the Ellipse ended – they were planning on our agency not being at full strength at that time.”
“I think there was a significant coordination with this attack,” he added.
Contee, Fox News adds, “also said rioters used ‘hand signals and radio communication,’ as well as a ‘coordinated use’ of chemicals.”
“I certainly believe it was coordinated,” Contee testified.