General: Pentagon Hesitated On Sending Guard To Capitol Riot

Army Maj. Gen. William Walker, Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard speaks during a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Senate Committee on Rules and Administration joint hearing Wednesday, March 3, 2021, examining the January 6, attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

(AP) — The Defense Department took more than three hours to dispatch the National Guard to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol despite a frantic request for reinforcement from police. That’s according to testimony Wednesday that added to the finger-pointing about the government response.

Maj. Gen. William Walker, commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, told senators that the-chief of the Capitol Police requested military support but that the Defense Department approval for that support was not relayed to him until hours later. That delay stood in contrast to the immediate approval for National Guard support granted in response to the civil unrest that sprung from racial justice protests.


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