Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said within “minutes” of Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol, the Maryland National Guard was called in but authorization was delayed for 90-minutes, the governor told CNN today.
“Our guard was mobilized and ready,” but the National Guard couldn’t cross the DC border to help, Hogan said, because they couldn’t get approval from officials.
Since Washington, DC, does not have a governor, permission to activate the National Guard in DC must come from the office of the Secretary of Defense.
When asked why it took so long, Hogan replied, “We were trying to get answers, but we couldn’t get answers.”
At a news conference earlier this week in Maryland, the governor further explained the exchange.