1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Roy Blunt, (R) Missouri:
"Request for National Guard assistance, not approved at the same time, you approved the expansion of the perimeter?"
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Irving, former House Sergeant-at-Arms:
"During that call, we all agreed that the intelligence did not support the the troops and collectively decided to let it go. Michael Stenger then said, how about we put them on standby just in case? And that's what we ended up doing. But from what I remember, everyone was very satisfied that we had a robust plan, security plan that was consistent with the intelligence that we had at the time."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Roy Blunt, (R) Missouri:
"Mr. Irving, you said in your testimony that when asked for National Guard assistance, you approved it. Mr. Sund stated that he asked for the National Guard assistance at 1:09 and you approved... it was approved at 2:10. Why would it take an hour to approve National Guard assistance on your part in that moment of crisis, Mr. Irving?"
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Irving, former House Sergeant-at-Arms:
"Senator, from my recollection, I did not receive a request for approval for National Guard until shortly after 2:00 p.m. when I was in Michael Stenger's office."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Roy Blunt, (R) Missouri:
"All right, let me get that straight now. Mr. Sund do you know when you asked for National Guard assistance? Was it 1:09 or was it 2pm?"
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Steven Sund, Fmr. Capitol Police Chief:
"It was 1:09, sir. (Blunt: 1:09.)"
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7. Quick cutaway of Blunt
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Paul Irving, former House Sergeant-at-Arms:
"No, I did not get a request at 1:09 that I can remember, the first conversation I had with Chief Sund in that time frame was... at 1:28, 1:30. And in that in that conversation, he indicated that conditions were deteriorating. He might be looking to for National Guard approval and approval of our mutual aid agreements with local law enforcement."
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Roy Blunt, (R) Missouri:
"A moment like this, if your focus is chiefly on the safety of House members, and I would certainly understand that and Mr. Stenger's is chiefly on the safety of Senate members, maybe that's a problem here where the board really can't function as a board because you have such diverse areas of immediate responsibility. But whatever happened here doesn't seem to me to be an agreement with the various timeframes."
The key officials in charge of security at the U.S. Capitol disagree on why they didn’t seek National Guard help before the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Steven Sund resigned as chief of the Capitol Police the day after the riot. Sund testified Tuesday that he requested the National Guard be called at 1:09 p.m. on Jan. 6.
Paul Irving is the former House sergeant-at-arms and was one of Sund’s superiors. Irving says he didn’t receive a request until after 2 p.m. Irving says he did not remember Sund making a request at 1:09.
Rioters breached the Capitol’s west side just after 2 p.m.
Irving says he and other Capitol security leaders agreed before Jan. 6 that “the intelligence did not support the troops and collectively decided to let it go.”
The result was Capitol Police officers were badly outnumbered by rioters who in many cases were better armed and prepared to try to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory over Donald Trump.