With Benghazi, Republicans obsessed over a supposed “stand down order.” On January 6th the National Guard was under a stand down order for over three hours while rioters ransacked our Capitol and sought to assassinate members of Congress and the Vice President.
At about 1:50 Chief Sund of the Capitol Police made a panicked phone call to General Walker, the Commander of the D.C. Guard, requesting the immediate assistance of the National Guard. Up until the day before Walker would have been able to immediately respond with a National Guard Quick Reaction Force that Walker testified would have been at the Capitol within 20 minutes. Walker could not send that QRG because the day before Trump’s Acting Secretary of Defense took from him any authority to deploy any Guard forces in D.C. and reserved that power solely to himself. Walker testified that order was “unusual.” He later said he’d never seen anything like it in his 19 years with the D.C. Guard.
Walker immediately requested assistance in a call that included Michael Flynn’s brother, General Charles Flynn. Per Walker General Flynn was among those on the call reticent to deploy the Guard because of how it would look.
While the ransacking of the Capitol dragged on for hours, General Walker would not receive authority to deploy the Guard until 5:08 that afternoon. There is no explanation yet for that 3 hour and 18 minute delay. Walker testified that he was frustrated and stunned by the delay.
A full investigation is required. Every second of that nearly 3 and 1/2 hour delay must be explained.
- Trump’s Acting Secretary of Defense, Christopher Miller, must be subpoenaed immediately.
- Michael Flynn’s brother, General Charles Flynn, must be subpoenaed immediately.
- Trump’s Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, must be subpoenaed immediately.
The brother of a guy who advised the President to declare martial law to stop the certification of the electoral college was involved in delaying the response to insurrectionists seeking to stop the certification of the electoral college. Can you imagine what the Republicans would say about that if it went the other way?
Was the real “optics” they were concerned about the appearance of calling out the National Guard against Trump’s supporters? Of treating them like they treated Antifa and BLM?
Someone had the National Guard stand down for an impossible three hours as our Vice President and Congress fled for their lives and rioters looted the Capitol. How that impossibility became reality must be made known to the American people.
One final point must be made. There was one other person, besides Acting Secretary of Defense Miller, who could have activated the National Guard in those three hours. That person is Former President Donald Trump. He did not do so.