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Outgoing Capitol Hill Police Chief Says Efforts to Summon National Guard Were Thwarted: Report

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Outgoing Capitol Hill Police Chief Says Efforts to Summon National Guard Were Thwarted: Report

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Steven Sund, the outgoing chief of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), said that House and Senate security officials rejected or slow-walked multiple calls by the agency ahead of the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol to call in the National Guard to assist. Sund told The Washington Post in an interview published on Sunday that, in the days leading up to last Wednesday’s incident where protesters and rioters breached the Capitol building and committed acts of violence, that he asked House and Senate security officials to let him request that the D.C. National Guard to be put on standby. He told the outlet that the officials denied or postponed his requests six times. House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving said he wasn’t comfortable with how a declaration of an emergency would be received ahead of the protests, said Sund, who resigned following the Capitol breach. “We knew it would be bigger,” Sund …

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