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2) Portman: Second, our witnesses have differing accounts about requests for National Guard assistance. o We need to know: did the U.S. Capitol Police request approval to seek National Guard assistance prior to January 6, and if so, why that request was denied.

C) Graham: Whether Speaker Pelosi, due to optics, refused requests by the Capitol Hill Police for additional resources like the National Guard? Her testimony is incredibly relevant to the incitement charge.”

NPR: Ex-Capitol Police Chief Says Requests For National Guard Denied 6 Times In Riots

NEW: The former chief of the US Capitol Police says he had multiple requests for the National Guard denied before and during the riots.

Outgoing Capitol police chief says supervisors denied requests for National Guard ahead of Trump protest

"If we would have had the National Guard, we could have held them at bay longer." Outgoing U.S. Capitol Hill Police Chief Steven Sund says his requests for assistance from the National Guard were denied 6 times.

The former chief of the U.S. Capitol Police says top security officials at the House and Senate rejected his early requests to call in the National Guard ahead of last week's events in D.C. that led to a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Outgoing Capitol Police chief says his requests for National Guard reinforcements were turned down 6 times by officials worried about “optics” of confronting armed, far-right seditionists even as those forces are regularly deployed against Black Americans

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