Capitol Police Turned Down Help from Trump Administration Twice Because the Force Thought It Would Look Bad: Report

Capitol Police Turned Down Help from Trump Administration Twice Because the Force Thought It Would Look Bad: Report


The Associated Press reported Thursday that Capitol Police had been offered help by the Pentagon days beforehand to deal with the pro-Trump protest on Wednesday but chose not to accept it for fear of appearing draconian — and also turned the Justice Department’s offer to send in FBI agents as the protest was raging.

While there had been talks about how planning had gone bad at the top of the Capitol Police in the wake of the Capitol incursion, the AP’s report was a particularly brutal post-mortem.

Far from being a case of the administration setting the police up to fail, insider reports say two Cabinet-level departments were rejected, in part because of criticism over how last summer’s protests were handled.

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“Despite plenty of warnings of a possible insurrection and ample resources and time to prepare, the Capitol Police planned only for a free speech demonstration,” the AP reported.

“Still

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