Fmr. cop says Capitol Police senior officers lied to Congress, ‘blankly stared at TV screens, doing nothing’ during Jan. 6 riot

An anonymous former high-ranking Capitol Police official has accused two of his colleagues of lying to Congress about the Jan. 6 riot, deliberately not helping fellow officers under attack, and mishandling intelligence.

“What I observed was them mostly sitting there, blankly looking at the TV screens showing real-time footage of the officers and officials fighting for the Congress and their lives,” the anonymous individual wrote in a scathing letter to lawmakers, according to Politico.

“They did not try to help or assist as officers and officials were literally fighting for each other, their lives, and the Congress,” the whistleblower commented.

“It is my allegation that these two with intent and malice opted to not try and assist the officers and officials, blame others for the failures, and chose to try and use this event for their own personal promotions,” the accuser stated. “This was done not after the even[t] but while officers and officials were still fighting the demonstrators.”

The whistleblower, who allegedly served for more than 30 years in the department, reportedly sent a 16-page letter to Congress on September 28 that slammed the inaction of Sean Gallagher, the Capitol Police’s acting chief of uniformed operations, and Yogananda Pittman, its assistant chief of police for protective and intelligence operations. He alleged that they sat in the control room and literally did nothing as the riot spun out of control and officers were under attack.

The person also claimed that the officials did not divulge crucial intelligence about the riot. He claims that they received the information a month before the riot took place and if it had been heeded, it would have “changed the paradigm of that day.” The complainant is incensed that the officers have not faced any consequences for dereliction of duty.

“Their failures have been marginalized, negligibly investigated [and] categorically underreported,” the whistleblower asserted. “Without accountability… they have been restored to their exact same positions as if they were not responsible for the single greatest intelligence failure in the history of the US.”

The letter goes on to level charges at some congressional leaders for “purposefully fail[ing]” to tell the truth in an effort to protect department leadership.

“The truth may be valued less than politics by many members of the congressional community to include those that have made decisions about the leadership of the USCP post-January 6th, but I believe the truth still matters to real people and certainly the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police,” the whistleblower stated.

“[I]t is immensely embarrassing to the congressional leadership and staff that they selected the two individuals most responsible for the 6th to lead the Department after the 6th,” he remarked. “Especially since some entity selected them without any investigation. To hold them accountable would require this same group to admit they were wrong.”

The whistleblower claimed that Pittman lied to Congress concerning information that was received by the department in late December. The person mentioned a blog called “” that allegedly posted a map of the Capitol and claimed that forum members actively encouraged each other to carry guns and to use them when confronting politicians. So far, there is no credible evidence that has been presented to prove this allegation.

The accuser is stating that a number of officials in the department did not receive that report. Pittman testified that members of the U.S. Capitol Police Department had been briefed concerning the forums.

“The single most important piece of intelligence information … was never shared with any members of USCP leadership,” the whistleblower contended. “Why did they approve the operational plan for the 6th if they knew the intelligence?”

He claims that Gallagher and Pittman also had intelligence that permits secured for the protest that day at the Capitol were actually obtained by Stop the Steal through shell organizations.

The letter was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The House Administration Committee’s Republican staff also received a copy.

In a statement released to CNN, the Capitol Police executive team asserted that “a lot has changed since January 6… [though] there is more work to do, many of the problems described in the letter have been addressed.”

“USCP leaders, under new Chief Tom Manger, are committed to learning from prior mistakes and protecting our brave officers, who fought valiantly on January 6, so we can continue to carry out the Department’s critical mission,” the statement added. “The men and women of this Department are committed to that critical mission. Our goal is to work as a team, to move forward, and advance the work that keeps the U.S. Capitol and the people who work here safe.”

Pittman and Gallagher still retain their leadership positions. A month following the riot, they received a vote of “no confidence” from members of the department. The vote came from the police union and signified frustration and anger, as well as a lack of confidence in department leadership and management.

The allegations are curious and people are still looking for answers. There is more than a little doubt out there over all the claims by police officials involved that day:


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