Two Capitol Police officers have been suspended after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, according to Representative Tim Ryan, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee. Ryan said on Monday that there were “10 to 15” investigations into Capitol Police officers.
“There were two people suspended one was the selfie officer. And another was an officer who had put a MAGA hat on and started directing some people around. I don’t know — let them in, let them out — exactly what it was, but it was the interim chief, determined that to be immediate qualifying for immediate suspension,” the Ohio Democrat told reporters in a conference call on Monday.
A group of protesters filled the halls of Congress as it was conducting a certification of the Electoral College vote, resulting in the congressmen and women to be evacuated from the floor.
Ryan reportedly said there has been no evidence of any pre-arranged cooperation between the protesters and the Capitol Police, but officials from the congressional force are investigating if anyone was involved “at a big level or small level in any way.“
Some have questioned whether the riot was an inside job, including House Minority Whip James Clyburn.
“Who opened those side doors for these protesters, or I call them these mobsters, to come into the building, not through the main entrance where magnetometers are, but through side doors? Yes, somebody on the inside of those buildings were complicit in this,” Clyburn stated during an interview with CBSN on Friday.
“We need all hands on deck moving forward and can’t have somebody protecting on the inauguration that was not doing the job during the Jan. 6 event,” Ryan stated.