Nancy Pelosi loves scapegoats.
In the aftermath of events in DC on the 6th, she called for heads to roll. Among them was Steven Sund, the former chief of U.S. Capitol Police.
As it happens, this guy was actually one of the few people doing the RIGHT thing here. And he was still pressured to ‘resign’ from his job.
He (and incidentally, the President himself) both favored an increased security presence in light of the large crowds expected to attend those rallies.
Former chief Steven Sund — who resigned his post last week after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for him to step down — made the assertions in an interview with The Washington Post published Sunday.
Sund contradicts claims made by officials after Wednesday’s assault on Capitol Hill. Sund’s superiors said previously that the National Guard and other additional security support could have been provided, but no one at the Capitol requested it.
Sund told the Post that House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving was concerned with the “optics” of declaring an emergency ahead of the protests and rejected a National Guard presence. He says Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger recommended that he informally request the Guard to be ready in case it was needed to maintain security.
Like Sund, Irving and Stenger have also since resigned their posts.
Sund says he requested assistance six times ahead of and during the attack on the Capitol. Each of those requests was denied or delayed, he says.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser also wanted a light police presence at the Capitol. She reportedly wanted to avoid a similar scenario as last summer, when federal forces responded to demonstrators opposed to police abuses who assembled near the White House. –NPR
We need to know who it was that made the final decision NOT to make use of the National Guard to bolster security, and what that rationale was.
But now that WaPo has been producing reports that law enforcement DID have advance notice that people were coming with an explicit intent for violence — despite reports to the contrary — they had every reason to stiffen their security response, not make it lighter.
The report said the warning was issued internally by the FBI’s field office in Norfolk, Va., a day before the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The warning directly contradicted statements from the Justice Department and FBI officials that they had no intelligence to suggest a storming of the Capitol.
The Post said the memo described how people had been sharing maps of the Capitol’s tunnels and discussing rallying points to meet up to travel to Washington. The newspaper reported that the document detailed posts calling for violence, including that “Congress needs to hear glass breaking, doors being kicked in, and blood from their BLM and Antifa slave soldiers being spilled.” –LATimes
If these plans were made well in advance of the President’s speech, the finger of blame for incitement needs to be pointed where it belongs.
It’s REALLY looking like the wrong person is paying the price here (in several senses of the word)… and we need some answers. Pronto.
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