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Military Took Hours to Deploy National Guard Jan. 6 After ‘Frantic’ Pleas

  • D.C. National Guard commander details response to Capitol riot
  • More than three hours passed before troops were approved
Police clash with supporters of Donald Trump in the Capitol building in Washington D.C., on Jan. 6.

Police clash with supporters of Donald Trump in the Capitol building in Washington D.C., on Jan. 6.

Photographer: Mostafa Bassim/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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The commander of the D.C. National Guard said it took more than three hours for senior military leaders to approve a request to send troops to the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riots, despite a “frantic” plea from the Capitol Police chief for immediate emergency assistance.

Major General William Walker, speaking in a Senate hearing Wednesday, said he and then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund were initially told in a call with Army officials that deploying Guardsmen to the Capitol wouldn’t be “good optics“ and that it could “further incite the crowd.“