Members of Congress say they received no warning that the West Front went into lockdown Wednesday afternoon, prompting concerns about how Capitol Police would handle a more menacing threat to the secure airspace surrounding the Dome.
Among those demanding accountability from Capitol Police over the gyrocopter incident are appropriators who write the Capitol Police budget. "We should have been alerted. We absolutely should have been alerted so we can not only take precautions ourselves, but for our constituents," said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, who holds the gavel on the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee.
The West Virginia Republican's staff has reached out to Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine to request the department put together a briefing for Capito and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, the panel's ranking member. Capito told CQ Roll Call she wants "to find out what was done, if anything, or what was known," about Doug Hughes' arrival on the Capitol lawn.
"It is scary to think that something like that could come in so close, especially when he was warning us he was coming," Capito said.