DC Guard chief: It took OVER 3 HOURS for APPROVAL to deploy on Jan. 6

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Senior Pentagon leaders approved deploying the National Guard to the Capitol more than three hours after the Capitol Police chief placed a “frantic” call to the head of the National Guard asking for help on Jan. 6, the Guard chief will testify Wednesday.

“At 1:49pm I received a frantic call from then Chief of Capitol Police, Steven Sund, where he informed me that the security perimeter at the Capitol had been breached by hostile rioters. Chief Sund, his voice cracking with emotion, indicated that there was a dire emergency on Capitol Hill and requested the immediate assistance of as many Guardsmen as I could muster," Maj. Gen. William Walker, commanding general of the Guard, said in written testimony released ahead of a Senate hearing Wednesday morning.

“Immediately after the 1:49pm call with Chief Sund, I alerted the Army Senior Leadership of the request. The approval for Chief Sund’s request would eventually come from the Acting Secretary of Defense and be relayed to me by Army Senior Leaders at 5:08pm — 3 hours and 19 minutes later,” Walker added.
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