the Washington post reported that outgoing Capitol Hill Chief of Police Steve Sund believes his efforts to secure the premises have been undermined by lack of concern on the part of House and Senate security officials who respond directly to President Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell. The National Pulse can also report Washington Post ‘The schedule proves that it was impossible for participants in Trump’s speech to get to Capitol Hill in time for the violation.
In addition to the fact that Trump has openly called for the congressman’s “encouragement” and “peaceful” protests, the timeline drawn from many establishment media reports simply does not add up.
The admission that House and Senate security officials did not provide resources to Capitol Hill police that day will raise questions about their role in the day’s events.
WaPo reported late Sunday evening:
Two days before Congress was ready to formalize the victory of President-elect Joe Biden, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund was increasingly worried about the size of the pro-Trump crowds expected to flock to Washington for protest.
To be on the safe side, Sund has asked House and Senate security officials for permission to request that the DC National Guard be put on hold in case he needs a quick backup.
But, Sund said on Sunday, they turned it down.
In his first interview since pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, Sund, who has since resigned his post, said his superiors were reluctant to take formal action to put the guard in guard even as the police intelligence services suggested President Trump to the crowd. had invited Washington to protest his defeat would likely be much larger than previous protests.
Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving said he was uncomfortable with the “optics” of officially declaring an emergency ahead of the protest, Sund said. Meanwhile, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger suggested that Sund informally seek his contacts with the Guard, asking them to “lean forward” and be on alert in case Capitol Police would need their help.
Irving could not be reached for comment. A mobile number registered in his name has not accepted messages since Wednesday. Messages left at a residence he owns in Nevada were not immediately returned, and there was no response Sunday night at a Watergate apartment listed in his name. A neighbor said he had recently moved.
Sund recalled a conference call with Pentagon officials and DC government officials. He said during the call: “I am making an urgent and immediate request for National Guard assistance … I have to get boots on the ground.”
But the request was apparently refused on the optics.
“I don’t like the visual of the National Guard standing a police line with the Capitol in the background,” replied an army official.
John Falcicchio, chief of staff to DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, admitted, “Literally this guy is on the phone, I mean he’s calling for help. It’s burnt in my memories.
The questionable timeline.
And while the Washington post clumsily tries to blame President Trump for the violence – despite the president calling for “peaceful” protests and “encouragement” from members of Congress – their own article admits “the first wave of protesters have arrived on Capitol Hill around 12:40 pm ”.
President Trump’s speech didn’t end until 1:11 p.m., and with at least a 45-minute walk between the two locations with crowd-related delays, it would place the first people of Trump’s speech on Capitol Hill at the earliest. at 1:56 p.m. – one hour and sixteen minutes after the troublemakers arrived.
In fact, the rioters who crossed the perimeter should have left even before Trump’s speech began (at 12 p.m. precisely) to arrive in time for events as detailed by authorities.
the Washington post Also states: “The outer Sund perimeter on the west side of the Capitol was crossed in 15 minutes,” meaning the Capitol was breached over an hour before attendees of Trump’s speech could even start arriving. .
This correlates with Sund’s interview, where he admits, “I realized at 1pm things are not going well… I watch my people get criticized.
Again, 13 hours would have taken a full 56 minutes before participants in Trump’s speech could start arriving, let alone walk through the perimeter and run into the police. The roads in downtown Washington, DC have been closed. There was no way to get there any faster, let alone before the president had finished speaking.
At 1:09 p.m., still before the president had finished speaking, Sund called the House and Senate sergeants-at-arms. He told them it was time to call the National Guard. He even said he wanted a declaration of emergency. However, both said they would “go up the chain” and get back to him.
At 1:50 p.m., the Capitol itself was violated. Even before most of the participants in Trump’s speech could have arrived.
What happened after that point was a back-and-forth for hours between DC officials, Army officials, and Capitol Police.
Finally – at past 5 p.m. – the National Guard arrived.
And while Sund is quoted in the Washington Post as accusing President Trump’s speech of the violence that followed, the timeline means it doesn’t make sense.
Fans of the president are not known to have left his speeches for 5 or 10 minutes. And by the time the Capitol was violated, those who had stayed to listen even for the first 15 minutes would not even have made it in time.