Law enforcement officials have opened at least 25 domestic terrorism cases following the riot that broke out at the U.S. Capitol building last week amid pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Jason CrowJason CrowFive centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote Pelosi wins Speakership for fourth time in dramatic vote Giffords launches national Gun Owners for Safety group to combat the NRA MORE (D-Colo.) confirmed on Twitter on Sunday that Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthyRyan McCarthyOvernight Defense: Pentagon chief condemns Capitol riots | House chairman calls for Trump’s removal | Fence erected around Capitol | Slain woman an Air Force vet Democratic senator raises concerns about inauguration security DC Guard to erect 7-foot ‘non-scalable fence’ around Capitol following violent riots MORE said during a call that “at least 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened as a result of the assault on the Capitol,” according to Crow’s notes from the conversation.
Moments ago, I spoke with Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy about the military response to the January 6 Capitol attack and ongoing security measures.
Here are the notes from my call: pic.twitter.com/WB155iJoJn
— Rep. Jason Crow (@RepJasonCrow) January 10, 2021
McCarthy “indicated that the (Defense Department) is aware of further possible threats posed by would-be terrorists in the days up to and including Inauguration Day and is working with local and federal law enforcement to coordinate security preparations,” Crow also wrote.
According to Crow’s account of the call, the Department of Defense made “several” attempts to offer National Guard resources to the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police and U.S. Capitol Police before the mob breached the Capitol building on Jan. 6. The department “repeatedly were told no additional resources needed.”
The Democratic lawmaker also said that “due to a lack of coordination and preparation, there was not a functioning operations center in the Pentagon to manage (National Guard) presence and direct additional resources” amid the riot.
Crow and Rep. Ruben GallegoRuben GallegoHow Joe Biden made history in Arizona Biden picks leave Democrats with slimmest House majority in modern history ER doctor chosen to lead Hispanic Caucus MORE (D-Ariz.) on Saturday sent a letter to McCarthy requesting a briefing for members of the House Armed Services Committee on the Department of Defense and National Guard’s response to the riot, in addition to preparation for President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenKim says North Korean efforts will focus on bringing US ‘to their knees’ Amazon suspends Parler from web hosting service Pelosi urges Democrats to prepare to return to DC this week amid impeachment calls MORE’s inauguration next week.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserSunday shows preview: Riots roil Washington as calls for Trump’s removal grow Terrorism is a tactic — not a color or ideology The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump finally concedes; 25th Amendment pressure grows MORE (D) on Sunday called on the Department of Homeland Security to take additional steps to ensure that the nation’s capital is secure ahead of the inauguration.
Bowser has called for an extension of the special security period surrounding the inauguration, the declaration of a pre-disaster zone, and more.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday told CNN’s State of the Union that the Maryland National Guard quickly mobilized after hearing of the U.S. Capitol breach, but he was unable to get permission to send troops into Washington D.C. for “quite some time.”
Governors are required to receive permission from the Defense Department to send troops into the nation’s capital.
“So, our Guard mobilized and was ready. But we couldn’t actually cross over the border into D.C. without the OK. And that was quite some time. We kept running it up the flagpole, our generals talking to the National Guard generals. And eventually, I got a call from Ryan McCarthy, the secretary of the Army, asking if we could come into the city. But we had already been mobilizing,” Hogan said.
The Hill has reached out to the Army for comment.