Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser evaded questions about the city’s apparent lack of preparation on Sunday, and then a mob of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol, killing five people.
In an interview with CBS “Face the Nation”, Bowser denied that she said in a letter to the federal government on January 5 that New York City did not want other law enforcement agencies to catch Washington by surprise the next day.
The mayor said: “What I know is that before this, we have requested federal support and provided support in the form of the DC National Guard, and the DC National Guard has deployed and accepted the assignment.”
She said: “The letter has drawn the attention of other federal police agencies to the federal government and asked the federal government to coordinate with us to ensure that they will be on the streets of Washington, DC.”
“That letter has nothing to do with the Capitol or other federal agencies.”
But when asked why Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys, was arrested on January 4th, Powell avoided this question. When Enrique Tarn was arrested in Washington, D.C., he had two large-capacity firearms magazines, but did nothing more to keep the police on guard against potential violence.
“Of course, we are looking for weapons and we saw him holding a magazine that can carry bullets,” Bowser said.
She added: “But we have been looking for weapons. In fact, we are the demonstration zone established before this event. We show any public that they cannot carry weapons in these zones.”
When asked whether the Fed should provide more warnings, she said: “I think we will work together as always in collecting intelligence at the inauguration. Of course, we collect intelligence locally, but the FBI And the Department of Homeland Security has huge resources and can provide us with intelligence every day.”
When hundreds of mobs marched into the Capitol at the President Trump rally near the White House, the Capitol police were overwhelmed.
Mobs swept the historic building. The mobs quickly ousted the police and disrupted the Congressional vote to prove Trump’s defeat of the former Vice President Biden.
The siege put the capital of the country under lockdown.
Among the victims was Congressman Brian Sicknick, who was attacked by a fire extinguisher and died the next day.