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Former House sergeant-at-arms Paul Irving denied allegations he didn’t want to call the National Guard before the Jan. 6 riot out of concern that it would look bad. Then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund alleged Irving denied his request, citing “optics.”

E) Irving: I believe that I arrived in the Senate Sergeant at Arms office around 2:00 p.m. I remember a call after that in which Chief Sund requested National Guard support, and the request was approved on that call.

D) Irving: At one point, Chief Sund informed me that conditions were deteriorating outside and that he might need to make a request for the National Guard. I told Chief Sund that I would soon be with the Senate Sergeant at Arms and that I would also alert Hse ldrshp, which I did

A) Fmr Hse Sgt at Arms Irving: It has been reported that Chief Sund contacted me to request National Guard support shortly after that at 1:09 p.m. I was in the House Chamber working protocol for the Electoral College Joint Session at that point.

#CapitolRiots  Testimony >> • Sen@MarkWarner  says DC @MayorBowser  SHOULD have authority to deploy National Guard • That would've avoided Pentagon roadblock & President Trump • Former USCP Chief Sund says Bowser having control is NOT necessary #breaking  @wusa9  @CBSNews 

Former Chief Sund says he requested permission from Sgts at Arms to request National Guard at 1:09. Says request denied by Sgt at Arms who was on House floor. Paul Irving says he does not remember that request at 1:09.

DC police chief Contee again presses for authority to change mission of National Guard in DC from Pentagon to DC Mayor. Sund: we don’t train for thousands of protesters trying to storm the Capitol. Wants FBI to broaden the apperture that US intell collects on domestic extremists.

#CapitolRiots  Testimony >> • There's a MAJOR factual conflict emerging... • 1:09PM is when former USCP Chief Sund says he asked for National Guard help... • 2:10PM is when former House SAA says he first heard from Sund... • AN HOUR of potential lost time. @wusa9  @CBSNews 

Former Cap Hill police chief Steven Sund says he thinks Cap Police Chief in the future should have authority to call in National Guard.

Finger-pointing about lack of National Guard presence at Capitol on Jan. 6. Former USCP chief Sund on ex-House sergeant at arms: "Mr. Irving stated that he was concerned about the 'optics' of having National Guard present and didn’t feel that the intelligence supported it"


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More than 90 minutes after Capitol Police chief Sund at 2:22pm had formally requested help, Miller still would not approve. Miller & his aides need to be interrogated under oath to explain their extended delay in approving national guard forces, and any White House role in delay

JUST IN: Amid the Capitol siege, the U.S. Army was "more concerned about optics” for sending in the National Guard to help secure the building and resisted the request, Steven Sund, the former chief of the Capitol Police, who resigned following the attack, tells CBS News.

Here is everything we know about the involvement of law enforcement & the military in the attempted coup on Capitol Hill (thread): Ex-Capitol Police chief Steven Sund called for National Guard backup 5 or 6 times and was refused help by the Pentagon.

Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund says he requested that the National Guard be placed on standby in the days before the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol but that House and Senate security officials turned him down.

Ex-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund says he was worried about the size of the Jan. 6 Trump protest crowd two days before and asked for the D.C. National Guard to be put on standby—but was rebuffed