Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger – who was in charge of Capitol security on January 6 and who blamed ‘professional agitators’ – dies suddenly, hours before TODAY’s surprise hearing moved up because of ‘safety concerns’ for Mark Meadows’ top aide  


Senate Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger, 71, died suddenly on Monday

He was in charge of securing the Capitol on January 6 and resigned after attack

His death came on the same day a shock Committee session was announced

The January 6 Committee will hear from an aide to Trump’s chief of staff Tuesday

Cassidy Hutchinson is first White House staff to testify publicly at the committee

The hearing was set at the last minute because of fears for her safety

She told the January 6 committee that Trump approved of ‘hang Pence’ chants

The man in charge of protecting the Senate during the Capitol riot has died just a day before the Committee investigating the attack was set to reveal new evidence in a surprise session. Michael Stenger, 71, was the Sergeant at Arms of the Senate on the day of the attempted insurrection. He resigned amid criticism he had failed to react effectively to the building being overrun. His sudden death on Monday came the same day an unexpected additional hearing of the committee investigating the riot was announced. The surprise meeting will ‘present recently obtained evidence and receive witness testimony.’ The committee is set to hear from Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, on Tuesday. Punchbowl News reported that the hearing was set because of ‘sincere concerns’ for Hutchinson’s physical safety over her revelations to the panel, including her claims that Trump approved of ‘hang Mike Pence’

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