Washington (CNN) — A US Capitol police officer instructed “all outside units” on the morning of January 6 to only monitor anti-Trump agitators “who want to start a fight,” not just any “pro-Trump.” in the crowd, “according to the findings of a recently revealed internal investigation.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren described the radio broadcast, the existence of which was not previously known, during a hearing by the House Administration Committee on security breaches surrounding the Jan.6 assault.
In that broadcast, the agent said: “Attention all units in the field, we are not looking for any pro-Trump in the crowd. We are just looking for any anti-pro-Trump who wants to start a fight, “according to Lofgren, Democrat of California.
Lofgren, who chairs the commission, said he was citing an account of the radio call, which was found by the Office of the Department of Professional Responsibility during its ongoing review of allegations related to the officers’ conduct on January 6. He did not identify the agent.
A Capitol Police spokesman told CNN that the radio communication described occurred around 8 a.m. on the day of the riot. The spokesperson added that the communication was intended to guide agents to also seek clashes between pro-Trump protesters and counter-protesters. The official who made the comment is not being investigated, the spokesman said.
Neither the Capitol Police nor Congress have released the audio of the broadcast, despite requests to do so.
US Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton said he had not yet read the internal reports of the investigation, which CNN reported last month involving allegations against 36 officers, but planned to do so once it was completed. complete the review.
A commission aide told CNN that Lofgren’s line of questioning underscores the point that the Capitol Police, based on intelligence available at the time, had ample reason to expect violence from pro-Trump protesters directed toward him. Capitol and lawmakers, but ‘despite this and all the rhetoric online … Capitol Police supervisors on the morning of January 6 were apparently still advising their front-line agents to focus and prioritize protesters anti-Trump.
In the future, Bolton “will be able to review the radio transmissions, and he plans to review the findings in general and the command and control communications, knowing now that there is a specific allegation about those communications, he should analyze it specifically,” said the aide.
Lofgren’s description of the radio broadcast in question offers a rare insight into the type of conduct by the Capitol Police that is being considered as part of the ongoing investigation.
A department spokesman told CNN in February that six U.S. Capitol Police officers had been suspended with pay for their actions in the January 6 riot. Of the 36 agents investigated since January 6, 23 of the cases are closed. Thirteen of the cases remain under investigation, a department spokesman told CNN last month.
One of the suspended officers took a selfie with someone who was part of the mob that took over the Capitol, Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat from Ohio, said at the time. Another wore a “Make America Great Again” hat and began directing people around the building, Ryan added.
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said in January that the department “has been actively reviewing videos and other open source materials from some Capitol Police officers and officials who appear to be violating Department regulations and policies. ».
CNN’s Whitney Wild contributed to this report.