Senate sergeant at arms Michael Stenger who was in charge of securing the Capitol on January 6 dies suddenly – just one day before the Capitol riot committee is set to call surprise hearing to present ‘newly uncovered evidence’
- Michael Stenger was sergeant at arms from April 2018 until January 7, 2021 – serving as the Senate’s chief law enforcement and protocol officer
- He resigned after the Capitol was overrun by protesters on January 6, amid accusations that he refused to call for the National Guard to help
- The House sergeant at arms also resigned, as did the head of the Capitol Police
- On Monday Fox News reported that Stenger had died
- On Tuesday the January 6 Committee will hold an extraordinary session, arranged only the day before, to feature an aide to Trump’s chief of staff
- Cassidy Hutchinson worked for Mark Meadows, and will testify before the Committee during Tuesday’s televised hearing
Michael Stenger, who was sergeant at arms of the Senate during the Capitol riot, died on Monday, according to a report
The man in charge of protecting the Senate during the Capitol riot died on Monday, Fox News reported – the day before the January 6 Committee announced they were holding a surprise session to reveal new evidence.
Michael Stenger was the sergeant at arms of the Senate – the chief law enforcement officer and head of protocol – from April 2018 until the day after the insurrection.
He resigned, along with the House sergeant of arms and head of the Capitol Police, amid criticism that they had failed to call the National Guard for backup.
Stenger previously served in the United States Marine Corps, and spent 35 years in the Secret Service.
Fox’s congressional correspondent Chad Pergram tweeted: ‘Fox confirms that Michael Stenger, the Senate Sergeant at Arms who was in charge of Senate security the day of the Capitol riot, has died.’
Stenger, right, is seen with Mike Pence heading to the House chamber on January 7, 2021, for the final certification of the election. Stenger would resign hours after this photo was taken
In February 2021, Stenger told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that the role of ‘professional agitators’ needed to be investigated.
‘There is an opportunity to learn lessons from the events of January 6th,’ he said.
‘Investigations should be considered as to funding and travel of what appears to be professional agitators.
‘First Amendment rights should always be considered in conjunction with professional investigations.’
Stenger’s death came the day before the unexpected additional hearing of the committee investigating the riot.
On Monday night it emerged that the committee would hear from Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to Donald Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows.