US Army Memo Reveals Leadership Opposed Deploying National Guard Ahead of Capitol Riot – Report

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In light of the deadly Capitol riot, law enforcement leadership have been heavily criticized for a series of security failures, especially as it took hours for officials to regain control of the situation. Recent hearings held on Capitol Hill revealed to lawmakers that it took over three hours before the National Guard was cleared for deployment.

US Army leadership initially refused a request from the Washington, DC government to deploy a small group of National Guard troops to the nation’s capital in anticipation of the January 6 “Stop the Steal” rally, an internal draft memo has revealed. 

Obtained by The Washington Post, the internal memo indicates that the senior military officials believed the US Army did not need to be involved in the day’s security detail unless more than 100,000 attendees were expected to present at the rally, of which thousands of Trump loyalists broke away from and proceeded to storm the US Capitol.

Citing four anonymous sources familiar with the matter, the Post reported that the military branch’s hesitance was further relayed during talks held at the US Department of Defense the weekend before the “Stop the Steal” was scheduled to take place near the White House.

Sources also revealed to the outlet that the deployment was only cleared after US Army officials came under pressure by then-acting US Defense Secretary Christopher Miller and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, as well as…

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