Ex-FBI official explains why he thinks Capitol Police are staying silent on the riot: 'I fear this story is ugly'
Frank Figliuzzi, a former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI (Photo: Screen capture)

On MSNBC Wednesday, former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi offered a theory as to why the Capitol Police have not spoken out about their experience of the pro-Trump riot in January.

"We heard the House impeachment managers tell the most detailed version of their story that day, but we still have not heard from Capitol Police," said anchor Nicolle Wallace.

"There's an overriding historical reason why people don't tell their story. Our institutions choose not to tell their story," said Figliuzzi. "It's because even they don't like their story. I'm concerned that we're not hearing from these agencies because the truth is too painful even for them, and I think it's going to be the independent commission that finally gets to the bottom of this, if we can even assemble an effective commission."

"There's a reason why we aren't getting regular press conferences, why we aren't seeing lengthy testimony as is scheduled, hopefully, for next week as we start to hear the story," continued Figliuzzi. "But the reason why they're not voluntarily coming forward, Nicolle — I fear the story is ugly, even for them."

Since the riot, two officers have died by suicide. The agency has also come under criticism for its inability to hold back the riot, but videos played at the impeachment trial paint a harrowing picture of the danger they faced.

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