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US Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund's request for National Guard backup was denied, he says in interview

17:25  11 january  2021
17:25  11 january  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Outgoing Capitol Police chief: House, Senate security officials hamstrung efforts to call in National Guard

  Outgoing Capitol Police chief: House, Senate security officials hamstrung efforts to call in National Guard Even as rioters violently overran his forces, Steven Sund said in an exclusive interview, the sergeants at arms for the House and Senate took more than an hour to approve his request. To be on the safe side, Sund asked House and Senate security officials for permission to request that the D.C. National Guard be placed on standby in case he needed quick backup.

Outgoing U. S . Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund told the Washington Post that security officials in The newspaper said Stenger declined to discuss the matter when approached for an interview , and A Pentagon spokesman said last week that U. S . Capitol Police did not make a request for National

The former chief of the federal force, Steven Sund , told the Washington Post his supervisors were reluctant to take formal steps to put the Guard on Sund ' s remarks were in contrast with those from officials in other branches of government, who said after Trump's supporters stormed into the Capitol

Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund says he requested that the National Guard be placed on standby in the days before the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol but that House and Senate security officials turned him down.

Sund, who resigned his post the day after the riot, told The Washington Post he had been concerned that the protest planned for Jan. 6 would be larger than expected. Sund said he asked House and Senate security officials for permission to request that the National Guard be placed on standby.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Steven A. Sund, chief of police of the U.S. Capitol Police, testifies in the House Administration Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the United States Capitol Police' on Capitol Hill on July 16, 2019. © Caroline Brehman, CQ Roll Call via AP Images Steven A. Sund, chief of police of the U.S. Capitol Police, testifies in the House Administration Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the United States Capitol Police' on Capitol Hill on July 16, 2019.

Sund said House and Senate sergeants at arms told him they were not comfortable with the “optics” of declaring an emergency days before the protest and suggested Sund should informally ask Guard officials to be on alert. Both have since resigned.

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Retiring Capitol Police Chief Stephen Sand has accused the security services of the U. S . House and Senate of obstructing his efforts to enlist the National Guard to secure the nation ’ s Sand said he had made a total of six requests for assistance and had been denied or various excuses each time.

Outgoing Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund accused House and Senate security officials of hindering multiple Sund told The Washington Post in an interview published Sunday night - his first since the events Sund reported that House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving said he wasn't comfortable with the

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Sund said he pleaded for help five more times as the riot unfolded. A crowd of several thousand quickly overran the Capitol Police contingent of 1,400 officers at the scene.

“If we would have had the National Guard we could have held them at bay longer, until more officers from our partner agencies could arrive,” Sund told the Post.

Sund said the crowd breached the Capitol just before 2 p.m. A half hour later he was on the phone with the Pentagon, he said. But Sund and others say Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt, director of the Army Staff, balked at recommending that his boss, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, approve the request. Again, optics were cited.

National Guard troops arrived at about 5:40 p.m., after the riot had been quelled.

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Under federal law, the mayor of the District of Columbia does not have authority over the Guard. Neighboring Maryland must gain approval from the Pentagon to send its troops across the border into the District of Columbia.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has said he received a call Wednesday afternoon from house Majority Leader Steny Hoyer saying the Capitol had been overrun. Hogan said he authorized the mobilization of the Maryland National Guard and was ready to immediately deploy them to the Capitol.

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Sund says that he asked House and Senate security officials to allow him to request the D.C. National Guard to be on standby in case troops were needed ahead of the pro-Trump protests, but that the officials denied the request .https

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"However, we were repeatedly denied approval to do so," Hogan said.

After "a little back and forth," Hogan said McCarthy called about 90 minutes later to approve the request.

The Pentagon disputes that timeline, saying the Maryland National Guard informed Guard officials in Washington at 3:55 p.m. on Jan. 6 that Hogan had activated a response force of 100 troops that could arrive in D.C. in eight hours. McCarthy said he first spoke to Hogan at 4:40 p.m. on the day of riot.

Sund, hours before resigning, said the riot was "unlike any I have ever experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, D.C." His resignation, effective Jan. 16, came just hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for him step down.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for a congressional inquiry, saying the riot "represented a massive failure of institutions, protocols, and planning that are supposed to protect the first branch of our federal government."

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund's request for National Guard backup was denied, he says in interview

With big budget but little accountability, long-troubled Capitol Police face questions after siege .
For years, Congress has raised concerns about the department but not cracked down or streamlined oversight. Officers who protected Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and then-House Speaker John A. Boehner had left their guns in bathrooms in the Capitol in January and March. Another unattended gun was found by a janitor cleaning police headquarters in April. That same month, a Florida postal worker protesting the influence of money in politics was able to land a small aircraft on the West Lawn in broad daylight.

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