(AmericanProsperity.com) – On Thursday, former President Trump said during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity that he submitted a request to activate the National Guard ahead of January 6. Trump claims Pelosi then rejected it a short time later, even though it was “100% authorized.” The former president claims many people can attest to that fact.
Trump added that he initially requested 10,000 National Guardsmen. However, his chief of staff to the acting secretary of defense later expanded that number to 20,000 instead; the former president agreed to the change.
According to Trump, if Pelosi had authorized his request, there wouldn’t have been any problems that day.
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A spokesperson for Pelosi said that she was unaware of Trump’s request to have the National Guard present. Requests to activate the National Guard typically come from the Capitol Police Board, consisting of Capitol and House sergeant-at-arms. All three fall under the authority of the Speaker of the House.
The Senate sergeant-at-arms usually reports to the Senate Majority Leader. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) held that position at the time of the attack.
In an exclusive interview with the Washington Post, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said he submitted a request asking to have the D.C. National Guard present on January 6. He wanted them ready in advance in case they were needed before that date. Sund also claims House and Senate security officials rejected his request a total of six times.
The deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 that left five people dead has drawn heavy criticism and condemnation from the American people. Over a year later, the House Select Committee’s investigation and the efforts of federal law enforcement agencies have led to over 750 arrests. Yet, many questions remain unanswered.
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