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Former Army secretary says DC National Guard had no plan ahead of Capitol riot beyond local traffic control

January 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Former Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told a House panel on Tuesday that the National Guard only planned to deal with traffic in Washington, DC, the day the deadly US Capitol insurrection occurred, with "no contingency" in place if things escalated in the city, according to a copy of his prepared testimony obtained by CNN.

(CNN)Former Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told a House panel on Tuesday that the National Guard only planned to deal with traffic in Washington, DC, the day the deadly US Capitol insurrection occurred, with "no contingency" in place if things escalated in the city, according to a copy of his prepared testimony obtained by CNN.

But McCarthy also told Congress that alternate plans would only have happened if the US Capitol Police or local authorities in Washington requested it.

Walker, the commanding general of the Washington National Guard, meanwhile, is claiming his authority was restricted by the Department of Defense before the Capitol riot, a move he says prevented his forces from arriving to the attack sooner than they did, The Washington Post reported earlier Tuesday.

However, Walker made it clear one day earlier that the chain of command for the DC National Guard runs through the Army secretary and the defense secretary, who need to approve the deployment of troops and the specific mission, even if a request comes to him directly from the city.

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