Congressman Anthony Brown: “The American People Deserve Answers on Department of Defense Failures and National Guard Delays”
Washington, February 23, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), a 30-year Army veteran and senior Black member on the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement regarding the first Congressional hearing on security failures during the January 6th insurrection:
“On January 6th, only two individuals had the authority to modify the orders of the District of Columbia National Guard in response to the attack on the Capitol: former President Donald Trump as the Commander-in-Chief and Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller. The Pentagon failed to take action for nearly an hour and a half after the initial request for additional support.
“We need a full accounting from defense officials during the January 6th insurrection on the Pentagon’s failure to adequately assess the nature and severity of a potential assault on the United States Capitol and reluctance to respond to the attack as it unfolded at the seat of our democracy. During his testimony, D.C. police chief Robert Contee said he was ‘surprised by the reluctance [by the Pentagon] to send the National Guard.’ This echoes reports of delays and denials by Pentagon officials.
“The American people deserve answers on Department of Defense failures and National Guard delays, as well as transparency on the decisions made by President Trump and other Trump Administration officials on January 6th.
“It is my staunch belief that corrective action must be taken to ensure this serious breach in national security never happens again. It is also clear that there are significant issues with the structure and the command and control of the District of Columbia National Guard that must be addressed by giving control of the Guard to the mayor of D.C. similar to the role of the Governor in every state in the union.”