The Breakdown: 1st hearing on Capitol siege security

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Transcript for The Breakdown: 1st hearing on Capitol siege security
Them. Hi everyone thanks for streaming with us on a breakdown I'm Diana stayed up and. And I'm Terry Moran for the first time top officials who were in charge of security for congress took questions from lawmakers today on the security failures that led to the January 6. Breach of the capital. It did you have any indication and. Many of these protesters matter right harmed or that members of extremist groups might be there. Why would it take an hour effort to improve National Guard assistance on your part and in net moment of crisis and what did we actually see from these folks that leads you to believe that it was coordinated. I. And the alarming testimony from the fired capitol police captain saying the mob came quote prepared for war we've got the latest from Washington. Also ahead the new signs of hope as the nation warns more than half a million American lives lost of the corona virus. The new announcement from Johnson & Johnson about its single dose vaccine. And what we could expect to see it available here in the US. But we begin with the latest on that you're on the assault on the capital here a few more highlights from today's test and. We are here today to better understand what was known in advance what steps were taken to secure the capital. And what occurred that day I received chemical burns to my face is still have not heel to the saint eyewitness officers being knocked to the ground and Hewlett various objects that we're thrown by writers. Casting blame solely on united sates capitol police leadership is not only misplaced but it also minimized what truly occurred that day. These people came specifically with equipment what you bringing climbing gear to to a demonstration. You're bringing explosives your bringing chemical spray such as what captain Mendoza the Mendoza talked about. You're coming at. Booker are prepared but the house managers made a big deal. That this was. Predictable this was foreseeable. I don't believe. Do you believe that what happened. The breach the capital did you believe asked for seaborne predictable no I don't know breach of the capital was not something anybody anticipated. I ignored or think some our federal partners expected. In elections in the heat aren't capital and I am not only act but also when he. All watched in horror as a writer. I of the capital. Ugly work out how slick. Sure rioters at 800. Lacks any news as Agra Ron Mott the. The attacks on January the six. Did not prevent congress from po polish response buildings both chambers. Reconvened that evening and finished a certification of the results. The beginning was found to be a long process of inquiry in reckoning about one of the worst incidents in American history let's bring in senior Washington reporter Devin Dwyer and ABC news contributor and former FBI agent Brad Garrett for more here. I DeVon let me begin with you we heard. That gripping testimony from kept the men does about what she experienced on that day so how did that set the tone for the hearing while one of the moment stood out. Got you could have heard eight can drop in that jury room Terry. Start today police captain Carnie (%expletive) Mendoza a nineteen year veteran of the force and army veteran. In her own words describing what she said was worse than a war scene hand to hand combat you heard her earlier in the shows a chemical burns are still on her face. One interesting note she said she works it did add data recorder for hours and fifty and physical activity fighting she said truly harrowing account should. It was striking Terry that in her view she said that they could've had ten times as many people. In its steel would have been just as devastating. So much at this hearing vote focused on the lack of preparation for January 6 not just in manpower I was shocked to hear that the capitol police carry. Don't even have helmets gloves or batons as a matter standard practice. I today and over and over and over today we heard from all three of those officials you mention. I say their plan net debt threat on January 6 at least. As far as they knew that this was in March court in their view an intelligence failure and so. They're still a lot of questions to be had this is just the beginning of this inquiry. I so much today the threat information was in the public space and begs a question why wasn't that known why was an amplified and why wasn't it taken more seriously. And brat Reese doesn't finger pointing from various security officials and some disagreement over the timeline. A when they called for backup Q we have a clearer picture now. Of how the response played outer isn't is it even more murky now than it was before. Can't dance scene today a lot of was at 130 wasn't to a clock. And then obviously in the dance about how long it actually took make the call to get the National Guard there. In all I felt frustrated. After listening today because it was a lot of them back and forth about procedure about who said watched. Never got ten would be. Yes maybe we didn't have the intelligence that's a whole different issue that they didn't. But. This the question is preparation before. And it didn't. That has the great likelihood of something goings I wish you didn't need to know every piece of intelligence. So we are so much Marty get through here today was a sort of in my abuse at an attack dance early video. Many chapter to a very long book. Mean and Devin that crucial question. After the capital had been breached by those riders those insurrections writers. Why did it take hours for the National Guard Tora what do we learn about the process of adding that National Guard to defend the capital what happened. It's such a complicated but critical question Teri and we learned today that it's not as simple as picking up the phone especially when your in the nation's capital unlike. Any of the fifty states and DC it did the National Guard is not directly tied. To the Maier it has to go through the Pentagon. Various bureaucratic approval level so that obviously was part of the problem here today we learned there was a lot of confusion. Over who is alternately good decision maker when it comes to include recruiting the National Guard that took rats point so much of this. Focuses on why the heck the National Guard wasn't preemptively deployed in some capacity around the capital especially. When we saw them you know guardian Lafayette park last summer ahead of the black lives matter protest. One interesting wrinkle though we heard Littleton mentioned today Terry about political leadership in this decision making. Republicans over the past few weeks have been suggesting that perhaps speaker Nancy Pelosi. Bears some responsibility here that somehow she. Ways it was complicit in not allowing the guard to be deployed ahead of time are calling them up fast and up. And I got to say we heard no evidence on any of that from either side today. I'm very much though again more questions and spreads it to be answered here. But certainly it looks like this was a failure in in law enforcement decision making. And route I want to elaborate on your point about Richard is because former capitol police chief Steven son says they quote. Properly plan for a mass demonstration with possible violence. And they got a military style assault instead what did you make of that. Given the preparations Resop for the black lives matter protests over. That summer and he does just so hard to bond. Even while not seen the raw intelligence. It was so clear about what the potential was a great potential. That that could turn violent. Think about the groups that were there had planned. That had that that the FBI and other agencies had intelligence about they were going to go there to commit a violent act. And why you wouldn't do a preemptive. Lay out of law enforcement and the military. A Cuban mine who also needed additional. Law enforcement the year. Because that actually fight in riot. You wouldn't need all the police departments that surround BC. I have a memorandum of understanding. What does DC police to comment at a moment's notice so. It's is another hedge fracture in my view as to what's obvious to us on the outside. Doesn't appear to be that obvious to the people that. Orange arch. And DeVon all this is congress appropriately investigating this grim political Brad so let's talk politics for a moment. There is an elephant in that are. Which is that this riot was this insurrections attack was triggered by the lies that Donald Trump told that he had won the election that it was stolen from him dead. Some of those Republicans supported when it was that talk about it all. Yeah I was a backdrop certainly to the hearing I was surprised Terry actually politics. I didn't come opt at least explicitly in this hearing both sides seemed. Were pretty focused on getting to the facts it's a rarity as you pointed out in a lot of these hearings but there were those who tried to score points you saw senator Ron Johnson in Wisconsin a fierce trump ally. Spent most of his time if for questions downplaying the fact that those riders had any tied to Donald Trump contrary to everything we know of course in the facts on the ground we also saw senator Alex Padilla a California girl out of his way to make clear that it's the commander in chief who bears responsibility for intelligence failures. Says he is in fact the commander in chief said. There was a little bit of that but for the most part right now both sides at least in his very first hearing on these capital riots seemed focused. These lawmakers seemed focused on getting to the bottom of the facts at least constructive solutions for how that. This won't can never happen again of course they lived it so they have a vested interest and that. But there's a long way to go in the fear right now is that this could go off the rails of politics. For now as we say it's it's a search France. And Devin and Brad we're glad you're not here to help us get to the bottom of those answers thanks so much. Expressed. Thanks. Announced that staggering and tragic milestone in the history of our country over 500000. American lives lost to Covert nineteen. All the last week the average number of daily dose is down 38%. Think but the US. Still hasn't seen a day with less than a thousand deaths since November. Tonight congressional leaders will hold a moment of silence for those 500000. Lives lost following a similar tribute last night from president Biden. This amid promising vaccine is from Johnson & Johnson ABCs Reno roar has more on that. A year ago it was unimaginable. But now it's. According to Johns Hopkins University. Three of those victims were Kelly Phillips loved ones her parents and her brother it's gut wrenching. Each quarter the roads. Lives lost leave eighty traumatize spirit behind. Remembered each person we've lost. The lines they lived. Mom was left behind. In Alabama Alfonse via AG jacks it was just 35 years old a father to Olivia and aria. Who are now trying to understand their dad is gone senile angry I yeah. Anyway or you. You don't want the parents here meantime president biting reminding Americans to mask up as they wait for their turn to get vaccinated his CDC reports more than 44 million. Have gotten at least one dose so far. And nearly twenty million have had both. But still there's confusion and frustration. This senior vaccination clinic in Michigan getting one million calls Monday alone just seemed like there should be a better a better way to organized net and six million doses were delayed by last week's storms but are expected to be delivered by the end of the week Johnson & Johnson announcing if they receive emergency use authorization they plan to deliver enough doses of their single shot vaccine to vaccine 820 million Americans by the end of. Martz. And in some more hopeful news the daily case average has plunged 74%. Since January according to the Kobe tracking project and with numbers dropping some areas are easing restrictions including your New York governor -- planning on opening. Movie theaters at limited capacity for the first time. In nearly a year Diane and arena we heard that good news about deaths declining across the country what's the data showing there. Yes so as you heard Terry mentioned just a couple of moments ago the Kobe tracking project says in the last week the average number of daily code in nineteen deaths has dropped by 38%. And they are all positive signs for those in assisted living. Since early January weekly deaths in nursing homes have declined by about 70%. And cases last week the lowest recorded and Diane might ABC's Rea Roy thank strain of. And we have some breaking news now golf legend Tiger Woods has been taken to the hospital after she was injured in a car crash this morning in las Angeles. The Los Angeles county sheriff's as woods was involved in a single vehicle rollover collision and had to be pulled out of the car by the Johnson's life. According to his agent woods suffered multiple leg injuries and is currently in surgery. We will keep you updated on his condition as we learn more. And violent attacks against Asian Americans are rising across the country the NYPD reports in New York alone these kinds of hate crimes increased 19100%. Last year. So what's behind these attacks and what's being done to stop them we'll break it down after the break. Welcome back more and more Asian Americans are becoming the targets of racist crime some hate speech. Tim physical attacks to fatal injuries members of the community and allies are speaking out and fighting back against bigotry. Our juju Chang has the story. A Mon Thomas brought to not talk. Proud. The and. I think her dad beach are moved from Thailand to San Francisco to help his daughter and son in law Eric take care of their two sons. It wasn't long before the whole neighborhood fell in love with grandpa. Grandpa always forever me. Holiday name brand and always keep teaching us about for Keaton is. On the name brand remand banned him and he's my team. But this is the video no daughter wants to see you. Surveillance cameras capturing the moment her 84 year old dad was attacked in violently knocked to the ground on a morning walk. It's a painful. I know legacy it. Is this that broken heart. Be charged died two days later in the hospital. He Nero break up a game and creating and he's bringing the Thai immigrants death one of a slew of assaults against elderly Asian Americans in northern California. Trying the spotlight after celebrities like Daniel Wu and Daniel Dae Kim brought star power and a 25000. Dollar reward. It was a very visceral response I got very angry because I thought this is now a year of these kinds of things going on out. The videos prompting more than a thousand people took out of the Bay Area to speak out against anti Asian violence calling for racial justice. Police arrested a nineteen year old suspect. Two pled not guilty to murder an elderly abuse. His lawyer saying his client had no knowledge of mr. rotunda pop d.s race since his face was fully covered with a mask and hats and insists the attack wasn't racially motivated. And instead had to do with a break in the mental health of a teenager. Even though no hate crime charges were filed some in the community blamed the tensions between black people an Asian Americans. I think it's the top hitting two dad. Asian American. Culminating we need the black community. To. Realize that took that black people are hurting Asians and they need to speak out of in their own community. It is something in the psyche of this country where are somehow it's OK to abuse physically or men early abuse Asian Americans and this is not just one community. It is every community we have district CEO and end the Silicon Valley who verbally abused an Asian family in a restaurant. Earlier Knoll are. That we have Torrance Karen. People along are coming through the community leader doctor Connie one says it's clear Asians are being scapegoated and blamed for the pandemic. When. The previous administration. Said things public me like the Wuhan Byron China afternoon bitch I don't. The plague from China who had to be accurate and apologetic clean. He helped to stoke the fire is anti Asian violence against our community. Stop API hate began collecting more than 2800. Reports nationwide of anti Asian hates between march and December the NYPD reporting a nearly 2000%. Increase in Asian American hate crimes last year. Activists looking towards lawmakers like near congresswoman grace Meng. Last year she introduced a house resolution condemning hate speech she spoke about her fears as an Asian American and a month it strikes me that this is the Asian equivalent of the talk. That African American parents often have to have with. I had all varying age. Sort of superficial hawks about all Andris ending people's different. Racial background. Who was one for the first time that I as momma and young boy he's I'll started two years or their life and what might. And public. That fear is something known Thomas and Eric say they're young sons who already lost their grandfather so tragically. Have had to deal with first can't. I've been outside we think it and and being attacked level wall believe they yelling and ND ERS say that you I'll wildest Asian. How did your kids react about the you know is a while and sweet as lawfully. But that pain pails in comparison to her father's murder. We want him to be the spark that starts that he leaned in. And the recognition of what's going on. I and made him a lot of the day pizza carrying prince thing. We can believe is this happened. And for more on this I want to welcome a man to win the CEO and founder of civil rights organization. Eyes a man that thank you for being here let's talk about why this uptick. In hate crimes against Asian American people is happening right now we heard in Judy's piece. The origins of the corona virus are tied to China we heard then president trump many times referred to it is. The China virus for the Kong flu. Is that the root of this or is there more going on. Let's first bumping he's so much for how I got holes what seeing that he's dead so heartbreaking. And yes while there has banned and in violence against Asian American community. Easy. I'm happens as our own Hong time longer or overhead. He's kind in his eighty acne has been systematically. Looted. Structural power so what do you mean by. Injured and ten US and I bet that Asian population grew faster than any other major if you ask the margin of victory in Norwich west or near re election. We are consistent me laugh our political bullying. Literally they're by the age nine show me and I'm federal agencies don't even include a high definition a racial minority. This is why are an admission. And amending it in and it's Terry Moran an arena rationed recent mr. Graham poster went viral. You posted this this race has gotten sober the dead world high consulate general in LA has warned Thai people in California to be on their gar. As an Asian American woman. How does it feel to hear a warning like fat. Terror I think you'll when I walk out on the street. I see these stories about people being. Murderer walking in Britain this staying in exile saying I have friends how many. No I and contaminant from my little ways and meaty I can look like Asia and Eminem can where my mask and her way I can coloreds I can look different. And our very existence. Of threats and batted listings. Is. Costing. And a manicure about the model minority myth because you'd think you'd be in good thing to be considered a model minority but. They say the stereotype that Asian Americans and to be successful in this country actually leads people to downplay discrimination against the community. All minority myth was created as a tour crash and divide communities of color no. It refers to the idea hey you know they wouldn't you quit your head down any work really hard one day will be handed he's accused them. And we house. Dean that this. Really doesn't work. Why and how it accelerated tension between different. Need either color and on top of it has made the Asian American. Under any. We built the railroad back country in the 800 people don't know about. Interment camps or the act one of the largest lynchings in the history. Are all. From our history our grief to our votes in the Ada data collected and I don't government. Informs all you ever asked me how in a race problem is visibility. And now we're hearing these calls for change amend. About these attacks so from your perspective what would real change look like. To avoid these get to prevent these kinds of attacks. The solution here is its ability. Start from. Our community arts from talking to one another are Stanley. Our Brian. Teaching our history in school how being the media cover are worried. And Tokyo born earth speak about and over ninety million people rallied all. It wouldn't be tired and wasn't an accident or it was because. Our pain and grief existed and we'll just Wear a ring. Three million people why he overnight and eleven or no leaned close. In response. The White House or. Idaho. The solution here is. In DC it's storytelling it's. Really hard to combat OB and raise them you don't you and I asked and Byron is Byron. While there's no silence now we are covering it Amanda we're so glad that your adhere to tell your story thank you. Thank you.

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