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'You're a go': How miscues and confusion delayed the National Guard on Jan. 6

WASHINGTON - As a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, the commanders and members of the District of Columbia National Guard waited in frustration for hours for the order to help put down the riot unfolding just minutes from where they were stationed.

With marauders assaulting the police and people dying at the Capitol, Gen. William J. Walker, then the commander of the D.C. National Guard, turned to colleagues and openly contemplated defying his chain of command and sending his troops immediately to help the overrun Capitol Police restore order.

"If I could send them right now without being fired, I would send them right now," Walker told Brig. Gen. Aaron R. Dean II, then the Guard's adjutant general.


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