“I continued to comply with up with Mr. Irving, who was with Mr. Stenger on the time, and he suggested that he was ready to listen to again from congressional management, however anticipated authorization at any second,” Chief Sund mentioned in his letter.
But it seems that Mr. Irving, who had instructed Chief Sund days earlier that he didn’t need Nationwide Guard troops on the Capitol on Jan. 6 due to unhealthy “optics,” waited half-hour after listening to from the Capitol Police chief earlier than approaching Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s workers. Neither Mr. Irving nor Mr. Stenger, who each resigned after the riot, responded to a number of requests for an interview. Mr. Sund resigned on Jan. 7, after stress from congressional leaders.
At 1:40 p.m., Mr. Irving lastly approached Ms. Pelosi’s chief of workers, Terri McCullough, and different workers members within the Speaker’s Foyer behind the Home chamber — the positioning the place a Capitol Police officer would shoot a rioter an hour later. It was the primary time Mr. Irving requested about permission to hunt assist from the Nationwide Guard, based on Drew Hammill, Ms. Pelosi’s deputy chief of workers.
Ms. McCullough instantly entered the room and handed a word to Ms. Pelosi with the request. Video from contained in the chamber reveals her approaching the speaker at 1:43 p.m. Ms. Pelosi accredited the request and requested whether or not Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who was then the bulk chief, additionally wanted to approve it. Ms. McCullough mentioned he did, based on Ms. Pelosi’s workplace.
Ms. McCullough left the chamber to name Mr. McConnell’s chief of workers, Sharon Soderstrom, however couldn’t attain her. She then reached Mr. Irving, who defined that he and Mr. Stenger have been already assembly with the Senate majority chief’s workers within the workplace of the Senate sergeant-at-arms, based on Ms. Pelosi’s workplace.
It was on the assembly in Mr. Stenger’s workplace that Mr. McConnell’s workers first discovered of Chief Sund’s request for the Nationwide Guard, based on a spokesman for the senator. In that assembly, aides to the congressional leaders, together with Ms. Soderstrom, have been perplexed to study that the 2 sergeants-at-arms had not but accredited the request for troops, based on spokesmen for Mr. McConnell and Ms. Pelosi.
There was additionally confusion about whether or not approval from congressional leaders was wanted to request Nationwide Guard troops. Mr. McConnell’s workers maintains that political leaders will not be in that chain of command, and that safety officers ought to have executed in order shortly as attainable. One former Capitol safety official mentioned the 2 sergeants-at-arms may have made the request themselves, however that even in an emergency, “frequent sense dictates” that they might need to seek the advice of with congressional management.