Padilla Statement on Joint Senate Committee Report Investigating January 6th Attack
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), a member of the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement on the joint Rules and Homeland Security Committee report regarding the security, planning, and response failures of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol:
“Today’s report laid out major security, planning, and response failures that led to the deadly insurrection on January 6th. I’m grateful for the bipartisan work of committee members and staff, and I urge prompt implementation of the report’s recommendations.
“But this report is far from the full accounting of January 6th that our nation needs. A crowd of rioters stormed our Capitol, invited and incited by President Trump, with the intent to overturn the 2020 election and murder elected leaders of both parties. Resolving issues like communications breakdowns, intelligence analysis and sharing failures, and gaps in training and equipment will not resolve the underlying and ongoing threat to our democracy. We need to understand and address the influencing factors that brought this danger upon the American people. Only a full accounting of the disinformation, radicalization, and incitement that spurred the domestic terrorist attack of January 6th can ensure that such a day never happens again.
“The January 6th rioters attacked our democracy. We need to do more than address the threat to the Capitol building — we need to address the threat to the nation.”