Former CIA Director John Brennan reacts to acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman’s testimony that extremists plan to target Biden’s first address to Congress and says it should be a wake-up call to law enforcement officials.
BRENNAN: Well Nicole I think this is the most recent evidence that there are groups of deeply disturbed individuals who live in a world of conspiracy theories, who use violence in order to seek the aims that they're after. To include violence being perpetrated against the capital of this country. What we saw on January 6th obviously was the manifestation of this built-up anger that these individuals have, fed by a number of politicians, including by Donald Trump, unfortunately, that just led to the ransacking of the capitol on the 6th of January. I think what we heard today was continued evidence that these individuals have plans to carry out these heinous acts of violence, to kill individuals, again to try to undermine the democratic institutions of our government and to murder as many of our government officials as they can. Deeply disturbing, and this is something that needs to be a wake-up call to those law enforcement and security organizations that have that responsibility to protect the capitol, but also to our government leaders, especially members of congress, who continue to give air to these conspiracy theories, unfortunately.