According to The Washington Post, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) shed light Thursday on the delay in assistance for law enforcement at the Capitol on Wednesday as Trump supporters stormed the halls of Congress.
Hogan said the Maryland National Guard stood ready to assist but was “repeatedly” told they lacked authorization to go in, The Post reported.
Hogan received a panicked call from House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md)., who pleaded with him to send in troops from Maryland, the governor said. Hoyer told him that he was calling from a secure location with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“I was actually on the phone with Leader Hoyer who was pleading with us to send the guard,” Hogan said. “He was yelling across the room to Schumer and they were back and forth saying we do have the authorization and I’m saying, ‘I’m telling you we do not have the authorization.’ ”
Hogan said Maj. Gen. Timothy Gowen, the adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, was repeatedly rebuffed by the Pentagon.
It was until 90 minutes later that Hogan received a call “out of the blue, not from the secretary of defense, not through what would be normal channels,” he said.
The call came from Ryan McCarthy, the secretary of the Army, who asked if the Maryland National Guard could “come as soon as possible.”
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