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Capitol Police Chief: Records Prove Immediate Calls For Military Backup On Jan 6

Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman testified on January 6 Capitol Attack. Source: House Appropriations Committee/Screenshot by NPR

Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, testifying remotely through a video link, told a House committee that her agency head had requested military backup about a half dozen times in the first hour after the complex was breached on the day of the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Pittman based her assessment on phone records her agency obtained for then-Chief Steven Sund showing he reached out to the Capitol's top security officials starting shortly before 1 p.m. in the first of six calls requesting the National Guard to respond.

"Chief Sund spoke to both Sergeants at Arms to request National Guard support,"

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