An anonymous whistleblower, who was a member the U.S. Capitol Police Jan. 6, has accused two senior officers on the force mishandling intelligence and failing to adequately prepare their department ahead of the riots which disrupted the certification for the 2020 presidential election and left many people dead.
The first letter was received by PoliticoLater, they were shared with NBC News CNNAccording to the complaint, Yogananda D. Pittman, assistant chief of police for protection and intelligence operations, and Sean Gallagher (acting assistant chief) failed to share intelligence with all members of the force’s leadership. They have not been charged.
The letter centers on a December 2020 intelligence report by the Capitol Police that stated that Trump supporters had made a map on the Capitol campus and were encouraging others on Jan. 6 to arm themselves.
Although Pittman in April told investigators that high-ranking officials within the department were aware that the report had been submitted, the whistleblower complaint alleges that the report has not been distributed to the entire Capitol Police command staff.
According to Politico, the letter states that “the single most important piece intelligence information… was never distributed with any USCP leadership members.” “Why did they approve an operational plan for the sixth if they had intelligence?”
According to the whistleblower, even though rioters were flooding into the building at large, Pittman & Gallagher did nothing to help their fellow protestors.
Politico reports that the two men sat in a solitary position during the riots with their hands folded and did not attempt to assist other officers or officials who were fighting for their lives, their lives, and the Congress.
Finally, the whistleblower stated that officers from Capitol Police have since resigned en masse as Pittman and Gallagher still have not faced the consequences for their actions.
The letter states that “this concerted effort to defend the two members in the Department who are without doubt the most responsible for tragic events of January 6th, is repulsive.”
The letter, dated Sept. 28, was addressed to Nancy Pelosi (House Speaker), Chuck Schumer (Senate Majority Leader), Mitch McConnell (Senate Minority Leader), and Kevin McCarthy (House Minority Leader).
Politico was informed by the Capitol Police that it had made several policy changes, including how it shares intelligence information.