Why were entries in this Dept of Defense timeline not included in the DoD timeline presented to public and to Congress?


"previously undisclosed document prepared by the Pentagon for internal use"

(@LisaMascaro @benfoxatap @lbaldor report)

"By 3:37 p.m., the Pentagon sent its own security forces to guard the homes of defense leaders. No troops had yet reached the Capitol."

At 4:08 p.m. Pence places urgent phone call to acting SecDef Miller, demanding answers.

Associated Press: “Pence said the Capitol was not secure and he asked military leaders for a deadline for securing the building.”

“'Clear the Capitol,'” Pence said.
4. Shortly before 2:30pm

"On the Pentagon’s third floor E Ring, senior Army leaders were huddled around the phone for what they described as a 'panicked' call from the D.C. Guard."

At 3:44 p.m., congressional leaders escalated their pleas.

“'Tell POTUS to tweet everyone should leave,' Schumer implored the officials."

[I assume this means he implored DoD officials, since the Associated Press is reporting about an internal DoD timeline.]
6. One friendly tip for reporters.

Associated Press reports DC National Guard commander Walker "had approval to send the Guard to the Capitol" by about 4:30pm.

Maybe DoD's timeline says that. But Walker testified it's not true. More delays until he got approval at 5:08pm.

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