U.S. Senate committees urge new security steps after Capitol riot

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By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Senate committees assessing security at the U.S. Capitol in light of January’s deadly attack recommended on Tuesday giving the Capitol Police chief greater authority and developing plans for rapid response by the Pentagon. During the Jan. 6 riot by supporters of then-President Donald Trump, the Pentagon spent hours assessing pleas for help from Capitol Police, the committees found in a bipartisan report. The violence left five dead. When finally deployed by the Pentagon, D.C. National Guard troops did not arrive at the Capitol until about 5:20 p.m.,…

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