The then elected vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris, passed very close to a bomb that had been placed next to a bench near the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on January 6 of last year, the day the bombing took place. storming the Capitol, in Washington.
As reported today by the CNN network, the motorcade in which Harris was traveling passed several meters from the bomb, and the president-elect remained inside the headquarters of her party’s Committee for almost two hours, before the device was discovered. , according to several officials and security personnel familiar with the event.
Details about Harris’s proximity to the explosive and how long he was in the area had not been made public until now. The chain assures that these revelations highlight the security failures committed during the aforementioned disturbances in the heart of the US capital.
In those hours, security forces tried to respond to multiple important activities, protect prominent politicians and defend against tens of thousands of unbridled protesters who flooded Washington and stormed the Capitol.
Multiple sources consulted by CNN agree that Harris arrived at the party headquarters around 11:30 in his vehicle through the garage that led to the parking lot, near the place where police discovered the pipe bomb.
The whereabouts and movements of the now US vice president have been shrouded in uncertainty, recalls the chain. Her presence at the CND was not known until early January when details about her evacuation from the party’s headquarters were made public minutes after a homemade-type bomb was discovered nearby.
A police source told CNN that the intelligence services, responsible for Harris’s protection that day, searched the interior of the building, the driveway, the parking lot, and the entrances and exits before his arrival.
The source added that Harris was evacuated using an alternate route away from the bomb.
On January 6, 2021, some 10,000 people – the majority sympathizers of then-President Donald Trump – marched towards the Capitol and some 800 stormed inside the building to prevent the electoral victory of Democrat Joe Biden from being ratified.
Five people died and about 140 agents were attacked.
To date, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has charged more than 700 people with crimes ranging from physically assaulting police officers to impeding lawmakers from carrying out their duties to destroying government property and trespassing. in a restricted-access building.