It is starting to sound an awful lot like some people wanted the riot at the Capitol to happen.
Former Capitol Police Chief Steve Sund, who resigned his post on Friday amid pressure from the riot, is now telling all.
According to Sund, backup support from the Guard was requested and denied by both the House and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms.
According to Sund, a request was made to have the National Guard as backup when it became apparent the rally on Wednesday was going to be fairly significant.
Sund stated, “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 went on to say that the House Sergeant-at-Arms was concerned about “optics,” so the request was denied.
When Sund approached the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms, Sund was told to use his own contacts to get the Guard to “lean forward” and be ready to go, but the request at that time to have them present was denied.
Sund followed that advice and was reportedly informed that 125 troops could be sent over to the area very quickly if needed.
That very much defeated the purpose of what Sund was trying to achieve, however, something he noted above.
By the time the Guard arrived on scene, it was almost 6:00 p.m., well after the Capitol had been breached.
Sund stated, “As soon as they hit the fence line, the fight was on.
“Violent confrontations from the start. They came with riot helmets, gas masks, shields, pepper spray, fireworks, climbing gear — climbing gear! — explosives, metal pipes, baseball bats.
“I have never seen anything like it in 30 years of events in Washington.”
Since the riot, both Sergeant-at-Arms have resigned, as has Sund.
Meanwhile, Congress has still not been briefed or given any update on how this breach even happened.
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) stated, “One thing that disturbs me a lot in the wake of the deadly terrorist coup attempt: four days later, we STILL have not had a single public briefing by federal security officials.
“Not the FBI, not DOJ, not Homeland Security, not Capitol Police, not the military.
“You’d think one or all of these agencies would be answering questions and trying to assure the country the security threat is under control.
“That’s standard procedure after any event like this. The silence is deafening.”
This is one of the rare times that I would actually agree with a Democrat in that we really need to find out what happened and how as quickly as possible.
We simply cannot have another scene like this play out again and the quicker we get answers, the better.
Source: Fox News