In submitted testimony, General Charles Flynn said that he was not a participant on the call, but merely overheard portions of it when he entered the room while it was in progress. But he said that he heard no discussion of political considerations.
“I did not use the word ‘optics,’ nor did I hear the word used during the call on Jan. 6,” he said.
Documents obtained by the committee show that beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, top officials at the Defense Department received at least 12 urgent requests for help from the Capitol Police chief, the mayor of Washington, and other officials. But the National Guard did not arrive until 5:20 p.m., more than four hours after the Capitol perimeter had been breached.
The Committee on House Administration also met Tuesday afternoon to hear testimony from the Capitol Police inspector general, Michael A. Bolton, and Gretta L. Goodwin, director of Homeland Security and Justice for the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Mr. Bolton testified about his fourth investigative report into the failures of Jan. 6, which found that the department’s tactical unit did not have access to adequate training facilities or adequate policies for securing ballistic helmets and vests, and that the agency’s First Responder Unit was not equipped with adequate less-lethal weapons.
About 140 officers were injured during the attack, and seven people died in connection with the siege, including one officer who suffered multiple strokes after sparring with members of the mob.
Lawmakers will not hear testimony from the acting chief of the Capitol Police, Yogananda D. Pittman, who declined to appear before the oversight committee, citing her need to hear testimony from Mr. Bolton. Republicans were quick to criticize her decision.
In response, the Capitol Police cited Chief Pittman’s need to hear from the inspector general, and said she would testify before the committee another time when there wasn’t a conflict. She has testified in previous committee hearings reviewing the attack, including when she apologized on behalf of the department.
Ms. Maloney said she was “disappointed” Chief Pittman did not attend Tuesday’s hearing, but said she committed to testifying on July 21.
Emily Cochrane contributed reporting.