Congressman Tim Ryan Presses Chief of National Guard Bureau for Details on Failed Jan. 6 Response
Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), on a call with Chief of the National Guard Bureau General Daniel Hokanson, pressed for details on slow military response during Capitol insurrection. In a call on January 11th, 2021, Ryan inquired about the timeline of events on January 6th that left Capitol Police without reinforcements facing a violent mob. Ryan also secured additional assurances about security measures being taken ahead of Inauguration Day.
“There’s no other way to say it: what happened last Wednesday was an epic failure of intelligence and preparation. Not only must we get to the bottom of why and how this was allowed to happen, but we must ensure it can never ever happen again. As Capitol Police and our US military, including the National Guard, prepare for the Inauguration, I will leave no stone unturned to make what happened Wednesday a one-time tragedy; we must ensure the President and Vice President Elect, Members of Congress, and all those attending are safe on Capitol grounds,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.
General Hokanson expressed that the intent of the National Guard is to have an overwhelming presence and that we have a peaceful transition of power.
There are 43 states and territories providing National Guard troops in support of the Inauguration, and there will be at least 15,000 troops ready and on station in Washington on Inauguration Day.