Whistleblower Says Top Capitol Police Officials Lied To Congress


A former high-ranking U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) acting as a whistleblower sent congressional leadership a letter that accused top brass at the police department of having failed to properly respond to the Capitol riot and lying to Congress about it.

The letter, obtained by Politico, was sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California).

In the letter, the whistleblower accused former USCP Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman of having lied to Congress about a key intelligence report the department received in late December.

The report in question noted that a blog called “thedonald.win” had shared a map of the Capitol campus, Politico reported.

It also noted that commenters on the blog were calling for protesters to come armed to the rally on Jan. 6 so they could confront members of Congress.

Then-Acting Chief Pittman told congressional investigators that a number of senior Capitol Police officials were aware of that intelligence ahead of the riot, Politico reported.

However, the whistleblower who was himself a high-ranking USCP official when the Capitol riot occurred, said that Acting Chief Pittman lied.

He said in his letter that other police officials were not given that intelligence ahead of the riot, Politico reported.

“This document was incredibly important and damning to Assistant Chief Pittman and Deputy Chief Gallagher, which is why I allege they lied and stated it was shared with the command staff,” the whistleblower’s letter read. “The command staff would have NEVER known they were lied about if it weren’t for the work of the U.S. Senate.”

Acting Chief Pittman stepped back into her earlier role of assistant chief of police for protective and intelligence operations for the Capitol Police after newly-sworn USCP Chief Thomas Stanger took the helm of the department in July.

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The whistleblower also referred to USCP Acting Assistant Chief for Uniformed Operations Sean Gallagher in his letter, Politico reported.


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