Former US corporal denies the optics dictated safety within the Capitol on January sixth. From Reuters

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former US House sergeant Paul Irving denied Tuesday that authorities refused to allow National Guard forces in the US Capitol to work alongside Capitol police on Jan. 6 because the “optics” did so justified.

Irving made his comments in a testimony prepared for two Senate committees examining security preparations and the response to the January 6 attack on the Capitol by a group of supporters of former President Donald Trump.

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