Capitol Police Chief Asks to Extend National Guard Presence
Added 03-04-21 09:40:03pm EST - “The formal request came only after a disconnect between the chief and the board that oversees her agency, underscoring the bureaucracy and communication breakdowns that have hampered security.” - Nytimes.com
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The formal request came only after a disconnect between the chief and the board that oversees her agency, underscoring the bureaucracy and communication breakdowns that have hampered security.
WASHINGTON — The acting chief of the Capitol Police formally asked the Defense Department on Thursday to keep thousands of National Guard troops on Capitol Hill beyond their scheduled departure next week as she warned of an increase in threats against lawmakers.
The request came only after Yogananda D. Pittman, the acting chief, appealed to congressional leaders to intervene after the board that oversees her department failed to grant her request to ask for the extension — even as the police alerted the public to another possible assault against lawmakers this week.
That possible plot by an unnamed militia group to target lawmakers at the Capitol on March 4 did not materialize on Thursday. But the disconnect between the Capitol Police chief and the three-member board that oversees the agency underscored the bureaucratic structure and communication breakdowns that have hampered security, including slowing the request for the National Guard to respond to the assault on the complex on Jan. 6.
In a letter sent to House and Senate leaders in both parties, Chief Pittman said she had asked the Capitol Police Board to extend the emergency declaration that prompted the deployment, which began during the assault on the Capitol, beyond March 12, when it is scheduled to expire.
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