The National Guard, who have been deployed at the US Capitol for four months, will be leaving Sunday, said the man reviewing Capitol security following the January 6 insurrection.
Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré announced the National Guard will be leaving the Capitol Sunday because they’ve successfully secured the Capitol. However, Honoré said the area surrounding the Capitol will not be immediately open to the public because of the strain on U.S. Capitol police resources.
When asked if it is the right time to withdraw the National Guard from the Capitol, Honoré said, “Well, I tell you what. If it’s not, they’ve hit that magic date, and they’re going home. And the Capitol is secure, based on the mission that the Capitol Police have now, which is secure the Capitol.”
Honoré explained, “One of the missions that they will not be able to probably accomplish as designated by both houses and all parties is the open campus. They will not be able to return immediately to an open campus where people can openly visit the Capitol because of the strain on Capitol Police, their numbers are down over 230. And that was as of the date we completed our report.”
While he noted that the $1.9 billion security supplement might seem like a high price point, Honoré told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that the Senate must approve the security supplement in order to alleviate the strain on U.S. Capitol Police.
“There’s some talk about using regional police for that mission,” he said, adding that while that method may work for pre-scheduled events, “I don’t think it will work with a threat of domestic terrorism at 3 o’clock in the morning.”
When CBS’ “Face the Nation” asked Honoré respond to the claims from Republican lawmakers that the January 6 insurrection was not a violent riot, Honoré reaffirmed the danger law enforcement faced saying, “They had to face a dangerous, violent mob that fought them, tried to kill them. What I’m afraid of, John, is when I hear statements like that, is that we have a two-party system that normally would be referred to as the minority party, the opposition, and that scares me. They’ve gone from being a minority party to an opposition party.”
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