(Washington, DC) -- A new report says the Army was initially resistant to a request from the Washington, DC government to have a National Guard presence in DC before January 6th. That was the day President Trump hosted a massive rally before the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
An internal draft memo from the Army was obtained by the Washington Post. It said the military shouldn't be needed to help Metro DC Police with traffic and crowd management, unless the rally crowd was expected to exceed 100-thousand. More than 300 National Guard troops were ultimately approved to help with traffic and crowd control. Once the riot started on Capitol Hill, it took the Pentagon more than three hours to respond to urgent pleas for help.