Former US Capitol police chief details delays in aid and intelligence failures during assault on Capitol


“Contrary to what others have said, the USCP did not fail. There are many heroic stories of USCP officers that day that helped to ensure the safety of the Members of Congress, including two officers who lost their lives,” Steven Sund wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the ranking members of each party in the House and Senate. “Democracy prevailed on January 6, 2021, in large part because of the courageous actions of the United States Capitol Police.”

CNN obtained a copy of the letter, in which Sund details the intelligence briefing process and the delays in getting aid once the assault on the Capitol was underway. More than 1,700 officers from 18 neighboring jurisdictions convened on the Capitol while the department was awaiting approval for the National Guard to assist.

Sund wrote that he made his first request for the National Guard at 1:09 p.m. ET and the request for local police agency support at 1:51 p.m. It took more than three hours to get National Guard support approved, Sund wrote.

“I still cannot fathom why in the midst of an armed insurrection, which was broadcast worldwide on television, it took the Department of Defense over three hours to approve an urgent request for National Guard support,” he wrote.

After the guard was approved, it took time to get the first members sworn in at the Capitol. The first guardsmen weren’t sworn in at the Capitol for more than four hours after the initial request, around 5:40 p.m.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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