Sen. Warner discusses Capitol security amid Senate hearing over Jan. 6 riots

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WASHINGTON (WFXR) — U.S. Sen. Mark Warner sounded off on continued security at the U.S. Capitol on the heels of Wednesday’s briefing about the riots in early January.

Warner says, as someone who lives in northern Virginia, the Capitol is part of his home community and there is a need to make sure the building is secure. He also spoke about his efforts ahead of the riots to warn federal officials about potential unrest.

“I think there were a series of breakdowns,” Warner said. “I mean I was in communication with the FBI days before the 6th, starting on January 4th, because I felt there was a disturbance. Now, none of us expected an insurrection.”

According to Warner, there needs to be more of a review.

He says one of the goals of the Intelligence Committee this year is to look at anti-government extremism, saying that was not limited to the Jan. 6 Capitol rioters and pointing to the 2017 Charlottesville rioters.

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