“I definitely gave the number of 10,000 National Guardsmen， and [said] I think you should have 10,000 of the National Guard ready。They took that number. From what I understand, they gave it to the people at the Capitol, which is controlled by [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi. And I heard they rejected it because they didn’t think it would look good.”
Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, later explained: "All military commanders normally have immediate response authority to protect property, life, and in my case, federal functions, federal property and life. But in this instance I did not have that authority."