Washington, January 8
Three days before the Capitol Hill riots, the Pentagon asked the US Capitol Police if it needed National Guard manpower.
As the mob descended on the building on Wednesday, Justice Department leaders reached out to offer FBI agents. The police turned them down both times, according to senior officials. Despite plenty of warnings of a possible insurrection and ample resources and time to prepare, the Capitol Police planned only for a free speech demonstration.
Still stinging from the uproar over the violent response by law enforcement to protests last June near the White House, officials also were intent on avoiding any appearance that the federal government was deploying active duty or National Guard troops against Americans. — AP
Rep Senator opens door to impeaching Trump
Washington: Republican US Senator Ben Sasse on Friday said he would be open to considering articles of impeachment against fellow Republican Donald Trump after the Capitol Hill assault. Reuters