- Fencing removed from U.S. Capitol was installed after the Jan. 6 insurrection.
- An outer perimeter of fencing was removed in March.
WASHINGTON — The security fencing around the U.S. Capitol has been taken down after more than six months of high-level security around the home of Congress after the Jan. 6 insurrection.
The U.S. Capitol Police said the fencing was removed “based on the current threat environment and recent enhancements to the USCP’s response capabilities” in a Sunday statement.
“We are extremely grateful for the support we continue to receive in support of our critical mission,” said Acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman.
“We are prepared to quickly enhance our security posture should the need arise,” Pittman added.
The barricades immediately surrounding the Capitol building are the last ramparts to come down after months of slight relaxing of security measures after a mob ransacked the building.
The outer perimeter fence that was erected after the insurrection was removed in March.
The attack on the U.S. Capitol began when a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump overwhelmed the complex in an effort to stop the certification of the election of President Joe Biden.
The Jan. 6 insurrection, which spurred the second impeachment of Trump, and its ramifications have been sources of fierce debate and concern within the halls of Congress.
The rioters are the subject of the most sweeping federal law enforcement investigation in history with hundreds of violent perpetrators still unaccounted.
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