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Tim Ryan Talks Capitol Security Failures, Inauguration, and Possible COVID-19 Vaccine Slow Down

Fencing around U.S. Capitol grounds
John Minchillo
Fencing is placed around the exterior of the U.S. Capitol grounds the day after a violent throng of pro-Trump rioters spent hours running rampant through the Capitol. Lawmakers from both parties are criticizing the response by the U.S. Capitol Police.

Northeast Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan says the investigation continues into the security failures that allowed violent Trump supporters to ransack the U.S. Capitol building.

But he says he’s also working with Capitol police to ensure the Jan. 20 inauguration will be secure.

In a call with reporters Monday, Ryan said Capitol police who took selfies or put on red MAGA hats have been suspended or, in one case, arrested.

Rep. Tim Ryan on insurrection investigation and inauguration security
Congressman Tim Ryan on inauguration security

“Any incidence of capitol police facilitating or being part of what happened, we need to know that because we need to know about security for the coming week and so we need to flesh that out and find out who may have been involved in that,” he said.

Ryan expects to learn more when he returns to Washington D-C Tuesday as Congress works to secure the inauguration.

He says National Guard units will be ready to assist with security, and additional funds will be allocated.

Ryan also said the situation could slow distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine by pulling National Guard units away from those efforts.

A Northeast Ohio native, Sarah Taylor graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she worked at her first NPR station, WMUB. She began her professional career at WCKY-AM in Cincinnati and spent two decades in television news, the bulk of them at WKBN in Youngstown (as Sarah Eisler). For the past three years, Sarah has taught a variety of courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State, where she is also pursuing a Master’s degree. Sarah and her husband Scott, have two children. They live in Tallmadge.