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Head of Capitol security review calls for background checks on all congressional staff

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The leader of a task force that reviewed security failures around the January 6 insurrection reiterated his call on Monday for background checks on all congressional staff following yet another deadly attack at the US Capitol.

Honoré said that his team did not investigate allegations that some Republican lawmakers and staff gave tours to those who later participated in the January 6 riot, but said he continues to support recommendations for conducting background checks on everyone working at the Capitol -- a potentially massive undertaking that raises several logistical and political questions.

The Capitol Police can meet the mission," Honoré told CNN on Monday when asked about Papathanasiou's comments, adding that while he understands the union chief's "enthusiasm" in pushing to hire additional officers, the claim is an "overstatement. "

Papathanasiou endorsed the recommendations of Honoré's task force, which called for increased Capitol Police staffing among several changes, and said in the task force's report that Capitol Police "were understaffed, insufficiently equipped and inadequately trained to secure the Capitol and Members" on January 6.

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