Pentagon considers extending the stay of National Guard troops at the US Capitol "We are in receipt of a formal request from the Capitol Police for continued National Guard assistance at the Capitol complex," Defense Department spokesman John Kirby says
The Pentagon is reviewing a police request to keep National Guard troops patrolling the U.S. Capitol for another 60 days following evidence of a “possible plot” by a militia group to storm the building again.
⏰ 1:49pm — Capitol Police Chief makes a "frantic" plea for help from the National Guard. ⏰ 5:08pm — Pentagon approval comes through. ⏰ 3 hours and 19 minutes, as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol More with @kyledcheney and @jersiegel on Dispatch:
These are National Guard members in the Capitol on Wednesday, as the House is poised to impeach President Trump for a second time. The Pentagon says about 15,000 troops will be in Washington in preparation for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
JUST IN: Washington Post reports that MichaelFlynn's brother, Gen. Charles Flynn, was on the Pentagon call with Capitol Police that resisted their emergency pleas for calling in the National Guard during the Capitol attack. The Army previously denied that Flynn was on the call.
The commander of the D.C. National Guard said the Pentagon restricted his authority ahead of the riot at the U.S. Capitol, preventing him from immediately sending troops when he got a panicked call from outmanned Capitol Police.
BREAKING: The Pentagon has denied request to deploy National Guard to the US Capitol (Via Aaron Davis of The Washington Post)