Former Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving’s discussions with Nancy Pelosi factored into his “blender of decision making” to delay deploying the National Guard at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, according to reports from the Daily Caller.
“Pelosi’s office had previously impressed upon Irving that the National Guard was to remain off Capitol Grounds, Irving allegedly told House Admin,” the article summarized.
The article’s sources – three individuals “with direct knowledge of Irving’s talk with House Admin” – also revealed the discussions centered around “optics” and “occurred in the months prior to the Jan. 6 riot.”
The article also discredits the timeline provided by Pelosi’s office, which alleges that she approved the deployment of the national guard around 1:43 pm despite Paul Irving saying he was contacted about the matter after 2:00 pm.
“If you believe Irving’s timeline that he testified under oath to, how could he ask for permission from the Speaker 20 minutes before he got the request?” a source questioned.
“Also if you believe his sworn testimony that he never had to run the request up the chain, why did the Speaker’s office confirm he did just that?” they continued.