's National Guard commander, told senators at a joint hearing on Wednesday that senior Pentagon officials were slow to approve a request for troops to be sent to the U.S. Capitol on Jan.
6, as it was being violently breached by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
WALKER: "At 1:49 p.m.
I received a frantic call from then-Chief of U.S. Capitol Police, Steven Sund, where he informed me that the security perimeter of the Capitol had been breached by hostile rioters.
Chief Sund, his voice cracking with emotion, indicated that there was a dire emergency at the Capitol... 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 5:08 p.m., about three hours and 19 minutes later." Then-acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller had been installed by Trump days after DemocratJoe Biden was declared the winner of the November election.
Walker also said that on the day before the riot, he requested and received Pentagon permission to have D.C.
Guard members on standby for the 6th, but said he also received a written order from then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy that said Walker could not deploy the service members without the secretary's explicit approval.
WALKER: "I found that requirement to be unusual." Wednesday's joint hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Rules committees was part of a series of hearings about the security preparations for and response to the attack on the Capitol on Jan.
MELISSA SMISLOVA: "We issued a bulletin last night." Just before the hearing, Capitol Police officials warned of the potential for more violence, saying they had intelligence showing a possible plot by an identified militia group to try to breach the Capitol again on March 4, the date when some right-wing conspiracy theorists have claimed that Trump will somehow be sworn in for a second term in office.
General William Walker, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, said on Wednesday that Pentagon leaders took more than three hours to approve sending troops to the U.S. Capitol during the violent assault on Jan. 6.
General William Walker, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, told senators on Wednesday that he received a letter from then-Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy the day before the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol with an "unusual" restriction from deploying any service members without his explicit approval.
An attack at a security checkpoint on the US capitol grounds left one police officer killed and a second injured on Friday. A vehicle had rammed through security and crashed into a barrier at the Washington complex. As per reports Capitol Police shot dead the driver.
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One US police officer was killed and another injured on April 02 after a vehicle rammed into one of the barriers surrounding the Capitol complex in Washington, forcing the area into a lockdown. United States Capitol Police (USCP) later said that the motorist was shot and killed. According to US Capitol Police just after 1 pm (local time), a man in a blue sedan rammed his vehicle into the North Barricade at the US Capitol striking two officers. After crashing his vehicle just inside the Capitol complex, the driver of the blue sedan exited the car and started "lunging" toward officers, who then fired on the person, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said at a briefing Friday afternoon.
[NFA] A motorist rammed a vehicle into U.S. Capitol police on Friday and brandished a knife, killing one officer and injuring another and forcing the Capitol complex to lock down in an attack that police said did not immediately appear to be terrorism-related. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
It’s been 100 days since the US Capitol was attacked by a violent mob on January 6. CNN’s John Avlon breaks down the knowns and unknowns of the day rioters breached one of the country’s most iconic buildings.
Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, the commanding general of the Washington, DC, National Guard testified Wednesday that he did not need authorization from Pentagon leaders before deploying troops in response to protests at the nation’s capital in the summer of 2020, but that changed in the days before the January 6th insurrection.
The Pentagon is releasing a watchdog report on former presidential physician Ronny Jackson. The current Texas congressman claims the report is politically motivated and rejects allegations he “consumed alcohol while on duty.” CNN’s Barbara Starr reports.
President Joe Biden said on Saturday he will raise the cap on the number of refugees admitted this year to the United States, a day after he drew criticism from Democratic lawmakers for agreeing to keep the historically low figure in place. Jayson Albano reports.
President Joe Biden on Friday sought to present a united front with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to counter an increasingly assertive China as the U.S. leader held his first face-to-face White House summit since taking office. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.
The White House said President Joe Biden will set a new, increased refugee cap in May after facing a barrage of criticism when officials confirmed to CNN and other outlets that it would remain at the historically low level set by former President Donald Trump.
Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley now says she would step aside and support former President Donald Trump if he wants to run for president again in 2024. In this latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains why Haley changed her tune on 2024 in just a few short months.
At least one US Capitol Police officer has died and another is injured after a suspect rammed a vehicle into a police barricade outside the Capitol building, the department’s acting chief told reporters during a press briefing roughly two hours after initial reports of the attack first surfaced. Police and National Guardsmen responded swiftly as the situation unfolded, immediately moving to secure the Capitol as initial reports of violence began to emerge.
CNN’s Brianna Keilar speaks with Democratic Delegate of Guam Michael San Nicholas about bringing some of Guam’s National Guard members to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) office after she referred to Guam as a foreign country despite its status as a US territory during CPAC.
United States Capitol police say that supporters of Donald Trump, who launched the deadly attack on the Capitol last month, have indicated their wish to 'blow up' the building, and possibly during a coming address by President Joe Biden. Jayson Albano reports.
President Joe Biden has lashed out against gun violence in the US after the country's latest mass shooting, in Indianapolis.Mr Biden called gun violence "a national embarrassment" and called on the Senate to pass a bill tightening background checks for gun sales and transfers.
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Hate crime legislation intended to combat violence against Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic advanced in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, easily overcoming the Senate procedural tool known as the filibuster. Gloria Tso reports.