Fencing on Capitol Hill May Be ‘Placeholders’ for Permanent Barricades, Top GOP Legislators Suggest

Five top GOP senators are demanding an explanation from the acting Capitol Police chief about the fencing and security on Capitol Hill that have been there since the Jan. 6 Capitol building breach. They criticized the continued measures and urged an immediate review, suggesting that the current fencing could be a “placeholder” for something more permanent. In a letter to Yogananda Pittman, acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, the lawmakers questioned the necessity of the security surrounding Capitol grounds, and asked Pittman to respond to their questions by March 19, including what intelligence the Capitol Police had ahead of Jan. 6, and what justification there was for the current fencing. The senators said that Capitol Police has since Jan. 6, “repeatedly failed to provide specific, credible threat intelligence to adequately justify the current Capitol security posture, which remains disproportionate to the available intelligence.” The letter was signed by Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), …

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