Escobar, Neguse Request an Urgent Public Briefing from Federal Law Enforcement Authorities in Aftermath of Capitol Insurrection
Washington, January 11, 2021
This morning, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Congressman Joe Neguse (CO-02), both members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to agency heads at the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation seeking a public briefing to discuss last week’s attack on the United States Capitol.
Wednesday’s attack is the most significant attack on a branch of the United States government since British forces set fire to the U.S. Capitol in 1814 and the public has yet to hear from federal law enforcement authorities regarding an official account of the events of that day.
“It has been five days since the American public witnessed a failed coup attempt unfold before their eyes and our nation has yet to hear from federal law enforcement authorities,” said Congresswoman Escobar. “This is an unacceptable response to an attack on the United States of America that resulted in five deaths, endangered the legislative branch of government, and violated our democracy in an unprecedented way. The Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI must immediately come forward and provide Americans with information and the facts.”
“Wednesday’s armed insurrection led to multiple deaths, put Members of Congress, staff, and reporters at risk, and resulted in vandalized and damaged offices,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “It’s been several days and we have yet to hear from federal law enforcement officials with an official account of the day. Their absence is wholly unacceptable. After an attack of this scale, the American public deserve to be well informed and provided with the facts.”
The full letter can be read here.