Feb 23, 2021
Takeaways from the Senate hearing on the US Capitol attack
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(CNN)Former officials who were responsible for security at the US Capitol testified Tuesday at the first congressional hearing about the failure to prevent the deadly insurrection on January 6, admitting some failures but also deflecting blame to other security agencies, saying that the FBI did not provide any warnings beforehand that there would be a coordinated assault.Lawmakers grilled former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, former House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving and former Senate sergeant-at-arms Michael C. Stenger, who all resigned after the attack. Also testifying was Michael Contee, the acting chief of local police in Washington DC.Here are five takeaways from the Senate hearing.
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The judge of box b of the PP rejects the confrontation between Rajoy and Bárcenas and he insists that he gave him bonuses
There will be no confrontation between the former president of the Government, Mariano Rajoy, and the ex-treasurer of the PP, Luis Barcenas, in the case in which box b of the conservative formation is judged. This has been decided by the judge this Monday in the third session of the case, in which Bárcenas has declared for the first time and has pointed out with names and surnames. He has ensured that he himself gave bonuses to senior officials of the formation, who offered him half a million euros to modify his papers and has dated the end of the irregular cash register in 2010.
The magistrate has indicated that the confrontation is an “exceptional diligence of the preliminary investigation”, a phase that was left behind since what began a month ago was the oral hearing. However, the judge has agreed to call journalists such as witnesses as witnesses. Ernesto Ekaizer or Eduardo Inda. Both were proposed by the defense of Bárcenas, since supposedly they were aware of the existence of a tape in which the deceased ex-treasurer of the PP, AlvaroThe door, acknowledged having delivered envelopes with black money to the former Prime Minister, MarianoRajoy.
And it is that the president, retired from politics after Pedro Sánchez’s motion of censure went ahead, is one of the main objectives of Bárcenas. Far was that sms in which Rajoy I asked him to “be strong” when the Bárcenas papers were published. Or, as he has called them on several occasions during the oral hearing, “the PP papers.” Without providing any new evidence, the former treasurer has counted how that box b that existed worked and that he was in his office, since he was in charge of putting the money in envelopes.
In addition, he has pointed to another man as the ideology of the systematization of the reception of high positions of the black money party: Francisco Alvarez Helmets, former Vice President of the Executive and Minister of Public Works. The former treasurer has narrated how, when the PP acceded to the Government after winning the 1996 elections, they began to give bonuses to people with organic positions. Among them, Rajoy, Cospedal, Javier Arenas, Jaime Mayor Oreja, Federico Trillo, Ángel Acebes and Rodrigo Rato. “Upon reaching the Government, they joined the Executive and the incompatibilities law meant a very significant economic decline. For this reason, the proposal that the treasurer receives is that they do not receive less money ”, he narrated.
In this sense, it has not been the only details that Bárcenas de la caja b has given. As he has counted, the PP offered him half a million euros to modify them once they were published in the newspaper The country, in 2013. The former treasurer has assured that the lawyer of the PP, Javier Iglesias, offered to grant him those 500,000 euros, which would be “contributed by entrepreneurs”. “They raised the concern of the party with these documents and asked me to vary concepts and amounts, in order to make them public and create doubt as to which were the good guys and the bad guys,” he said. On the other hand, Bárcenas has said that he asked for 975,000 euros “in a, not in b”, because it was what “corresponded to him”.
Bárcenas de Lapuerta has also spoken, to whom he gives full powers. He explained that “both” they knew that what they were doing was irregular, “But the person responsible was Lapuerta” and Bárcenas, he says, “followed his instructions.” Also within the framework of the Genoa works, which is what is being judged.
The former treasurer has acknowledged the payments made to Gonzalo Urquijo, the architect responsible for the reform. He has said that he was asked to collect in b and that, after thinking about it, he accepted. “I remember that he said that it was the first time that they paid him a full salary and in cash before doing the work,” he said. Likewise, he has also told how they made two contracts for this reform: one “true and one false”. And, as the prosecutor recalled, there are differences between the initial budget, of more than one and a half million euros, and the execution budget, whose amount was 586,000 euros. “We probably told Páez,” also accused, “what he had to bill”, Bárcenas has justified himself. “We had to adapt the budget that was not real to the billing that was not real,” he added.
Regarding how they arrived at Unifica, the accused company, the former treasurer recalled that it was his proposal that they liked the most in the ideas contest. Likewise, Bárcenas has said that he does not know if the leadership of the party at the time knew that it was going to be paid in b. “I did not consult with my superior because my superior was Lapuerta, I do not know if he gave knowledge to the leadership,” he added.
Another leg of Bárcenas’ statement has been that he has set an end date to box b of the PP: 2010. In 2009, he has narrated, Gürtel begins to judge himself and “not a single businessman approaches”. “It is decided to liquidate the balance and hand it over to the party president,” who at that time it was Mariano Rajoy.