Security changes, Congressional probes continue six months after Jan. 6 Capitol attack

Washington, DC. — Tuesday marked six months the violent attack at the U.S. Capitol and since then, U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) says it has made security changes and Congress continues to probe the events leading up to and during the attack.

USCP said it has increased training and has gotten more equipment, including tactical gear.

“The Department has acquired additional helmets, shields and less-than-lethal munitions, and has ordered more batons,” Acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman said in a statement. “Internally, the Department has vastly increased the information shared with sworn officers about obtained intelligence and event planning.”

USCP said it has hired security consultants to help with response planning.

The FBI has arrested more than 500 suspects in connection with the attack and has been continuing to release video of suspects asking for the public’s help in finding them.

Charges include conspiracy, assault, and destruction of property, among other charges.

Nearly 150 law enforcement officers were hurt that day, according to USCP.

Meanwhile, members of Congress are moving forward with its investigation.

Last week, the House voted to form a Select Committee tasked with investigating the attack.

It will look a lot like the committee that Republicans formed to investigate the Benghazi attack during the Obama administration.

“What happened on January 6, we absolutely have to investigate it,” said Select Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).

The move to form the Select Committee came after Senate Republicans blocked a vote to form an independent 9/11 style commission in May, which opponents argued wasn’t needed because Congress has already been holding hearings about the attack.

There has been one Republican named to the Select Committee so far, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), which surprised some fellow Republicans.

“It was shocking to me that if a person is a Republican, they get their committee assignments from the Republican conference. To accept committee assignments from Speaker Pelosi, that’s unprecedented,” said House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-California).