Pelosi taps retired Army general to lead immediate review of Capitol attack

Source: The Hill | January 15, 2021 | Scott Wong

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday named retired Lt. General Russel Honoré to head up an immediate review of last week’s domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol that will focus on “security infrastructure, interagency processes and procedures, and command and control.”

“To protect our democracy, we must now subject the security of the U.S. Capitol Complex to rigorous scrutiny,” Pelosi said in a statement, just five days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration at the Capitol.


Honoré is perhaps best known for serving as commander of the Joint Task Force Katrina, which coordinated the military’s relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He worked with congressional leaders in that role.

The retired Army general is also was a former director for Operations, J-3, with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where his focus was military support to civil authorities, Pelosi said, and he has deep experience with security issues in the D.C. region.

A native of Louisiana, his nickname is the “Ragin’ Cajun.”


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