Former U.S. House security chief denies 'optics' dictated Jan. 6 decisions at Capitol

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Former U.S. House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving denied Tuesday authorities had rejected having the National Guard deployed at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 because it might look bad, saying the intelligence did not warrant the troops’ presence.

Irving made his comments in written testimony for two Senate committees investigating the security preparations and response to the attack on the Capitol by a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump. The committees began a joint hearing at 10 a.m. EST.

Irving said that on Jan. 4, he had discussed the…

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