Sund says he repeatedly asked congressional security officials to bring in National Guard troops as an added layer of protection. Sund has since resigned, but he also wanted to set the record straight about how things went down that day.
"We knew it would be bigger," Sund told The Washington Post about the crowds that converged to hear President Donald Trump speak.
"We looked at the intelligence. We knew we would have large crowds, the potential for some violent altercations. I had nothing indicating we would have a large mob seize the Capitol."
Sund says that House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving rejected his calls for a National Guard presence because he was uncomfortable with the "optics" of declaring a national emergency ahead of protests. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger had recommended that Sund informally request the National Guard's presence.
Sund made a total of six calls for assistance prior to the event, all of which were either denied or postponed. Consequently, it only took about 15 minutes for the west side of the Capitol perimeter to be breached at around 12:40pm on Jan. 6.
"If we would have had the National Guard, we could have held them at bay longer, until more officers from our partner agencies could arrive," Sund says about the protest group that was let inside in the Capitol by law enforcement.
At around 2:26pm, Sund requested during a conference call that the Pentagon provide backup. A top Army official reportedly could not recommend Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy to authorize deployment because McCarthy also did not "like the visual of the National Guard standing a police line with the Capitol in the background."
Several hours later at 5:40pm, National Guard personnel finally arrived at the scene, but at this point it was already too late. Both Irving and McCarthy have since resigned, refusing to talk to the media about the unusual situation.
Pentagon officials confirmed that Capitol Police did not, in fact, request a National Guard presence ahead of the protest. Capitol Police also never requested a risk contingency plan involving the National Guard, demonstrating what appears to have been a planned inside job.
"We rely on Capitol Police and federal law enforcement to provide an assessment of the situation," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman is quoted as saying. "And based on that assessment that they had, they believed they had sufficient personnel and did not make a request."
Sund is now warning that if a similar situation is allowed to transpire during the inauguration that "it's going to happen again," referring to another potential "siege" that the mainstream media will call an "insurrection" by "Trump supporters."
"It's looking more and more like the rioters had inside help from some Capitol Police and even Congress critters," wrote one commenter at The Hill.
"All Cruz wanted was a good investigation instead of people not cooperating," wrote another. "How could there be 200,000 more votes in PA than voters? What was the explanation for the lie about the water main break and sending people home and then a group of people pulling out suitcases of ballots and running each on through a few times ... It all stunk because nobody even liked Biden."
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