Lawmakers made a flurry of desperate calls for help as they watched the Capitol overrun by rioters — but their pleas were rebuffed until an FBI official reached the bureau’s director, who agreed to send back up, according to a report Sunday.
Soon after the Capitol was breached Wednesday, those inside saw a constant stream of shouting rioters — with no police in sight, a leading adviser to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told The Washington Post.
Lawmakers and their aides, armed with some of the best Rolodexes in the world, quickly called and texted anyone they could help — insisting that people would be killed if help did not arrive soon, they told the paper.
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Pleas for help were sent to the secretary of the Army, the acting attorney general, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, governors of nearby states as well as DC’s mayor, the paper said, citing interviews with nearly 40 lawmakers and their staff