The top law enforcers in charge of ensuring the U.S. Capitol was secure on Jan. 6 claimed that a series of unanswered calls, withheld information, and conflicting orders led to the systematic breakdown that allowed thousands of MAGA rioters to breach the government building.
Testifying before two Senate committees on Tuesday, former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund slammed the Pentagon for taking hours to send in backup on Jan. 6—even as other law-enforcement leaders pleaded for help as rioters breached the building and forced elected leaders into hiding.
While Sund insisted he asked for the National Guard just after 1 p.m., Paul Irving, the former sergeant-at-arms for the House, said he did not remember the conversation and did not get an official request until “shortly before 1:30 p.m.” Troops, however, were not approved to help overwhelmed officers at the Capitol until 2:10 p.m.
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