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House Sergeant-At-Arms Paul Irving Resigns Over Massive Security Breach Of Capitol

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Sergeant at Arms of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Irving will resign over the massive security breach of the United States Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday.

The California Democrat called for Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund to resign after rioters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol building Wednesday, committing acts of vandalism and delaying the certification process as members of Congress were forced to evacuate the House and Senate chambers.

Pelosi announced that Irving will resign after Wednesday’s massive security breach, according to Politico. Irving has served as sergeant at arms for the house since January 2012, and previously served as assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service from 2001 to 2008.

Neither Sund nor Irving immediately respond to requests for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation. (RELATED: Police Say 4 Dead, 68 Arrested After Trump Supporters Stormed The Capitol)

Sund, who is a former city police officer, called the rioting “unlike any I have ever experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, D.C.,″ according to the Associated Press.

“Make no mistake: these mass riots were not First Amendment activities; they were criminal riotous behavior,” Sund said Thursday. “The actions of the USCP officers were heroic given the situation they faced,” Sund said, referring to the U.S. Capitol Police.

Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also said that he would fire Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Mike Stenger after Democrats take the majority later in January, according to Politico.

“If Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Stenger hasn’t vacated the position by then, I will fire him as soon as Democrats have a majority in the Senate,” Schumer told Politico.

Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, authorities have made at least 68 arrests related to the riots, police announced Thursday. Five of these arrests were for illegal possession of firearms, and two people were arrested for other weapons, police said. Police also said they arrested 28 additional people for violating curfew.

One woman was fatally shot by law enforcement, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said during a Wednesday press conference. She has been identified as Air-Force veteran and San Diego resident Ashli Babbit by multiple outlets.

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