Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser sidestepped questions Sunday about the city’s apparent lack of preparedness before a mob of protesters stormed the US Capitol, leaving five dead.
Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Bowser denied that her Jan. 5 letter to federal authorities saying the city did not want additional law enforcement played a role in DC getting caught off guard the following day.
“What I know is that just prior to that we already requested federal support and it was granted in the form of the DC national guard, and the DC national guard had been deployed and received its assignment,” the mayor said.
“That letter called attention to the federal government for other federal policing agencies, and asked the federal government to coordinate with us if they were going to be on DC streets,” she said.
“That letter has nothing to do with the capitol or other federal facilities.”
But Bowser dodged the question when asked why