National Guard Commander Reveals Hours-Long Delay To Approve Backup On Jan. 6

March 3, 2021

In the sequel to a hearing with Capitol security leaders last week, Senators today will grill officials from the FBI, National Guard, Defense Department and Department of Homeland Security on security failures during the January 6 insurrection.

It’ll be the first chance for intelligence officials to combat the theme that’s emerged from the other Capitol attack hearings so far: that the security breakdown was primarily to blame on intelligence lapses.

While the witnesses are mostly civilians, commanding general of the D.C. National Guard Major General William J. Walker was added to the list last-minute. Walker may be able to explain the delays in the authorization and deployment of the Guard, one of the biggest mysteries still shrouding the attack. Questions about the Guard in other hearings have resulted mostly in finger-pointing and conflicting information.

This hearing is part two to one held before these two committees — Senate Rules and Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs — featuring the former heads of the Capitol police and sergeants at arms last Tuesday.

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