Maryland’s National Guard was immediately readied to tackle the Capitol riots — but the Pentagon didn’t allow it to deploy for almost two hours, even as lawmakers begged for their help, Gov. Larry Hogan charged Sunday.
“Within minutes of this attack, I called a security team together … I immediately called up the National Guard,” Hogan told CNN’s “State of the Union” of his response to being told the “Capitol was under attack.”
“And I was getting called from the leaders of Congress pleading with me to get our guard into the city,” he said.
But in DC, only the Department of Defense can allow guard members from other states to move in — and permission was not granted for almost two hours, well after the worst of the carnage was done, he confirmed to CNN.
“Our guard mobilized and was ready, but we couldn’t actually cross over the border into DC without the OK,” Hogan told Jake Tapper.