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General details hourslong delay in getting Guard to Capitol

Capitol Breach
Posted at 10:45 AM, Mar 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-03 10:45:29-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department took more than three hours to dispatch the National Guard to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol after a request for reinforcement from police.

That's according to testimony Wednesday that added to the finger-pointing about the government response.

Maj. Gen. William Walker, commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, will tell senators that the-chief of the Capitol Police emotionally requested military support in a frantic 1:49 p.m. call but that the Defense Department approval for that support was not relayed to him until after 5 p.m.