The Official and Unofficial Timeline of Defense Department Actions on January 6

12:00 Trump begins his speech, telling the crowd, “We will never give up, we will never concede. It doesn’t happen. You don’t concede when there’s theft involved.”

12:52 Sund receives word that a pipe bomb has been found at the Republican National Committee Headquarters, immediately adjacent to Capitol Grounds. Sund also testified that at the same time, “we observed a large group of individuals approaching the West Front of the Capitol.” He said, “It was immediately clear that their primary goal was to defeat our perimeter as quickly as possible and to get past the police line. This mob was like nothing I have seen in my law enforcement career. The group consisted of thousands of well-coordinated, well-equipped violent criminals. They had weapons, chemical munitions, protective equipment, explosives, and climbing gear. A number of them were wearing radio earpieces indicating a high level of coordination.”

1:10 Trump ends his speech, urging his followers to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol.

1:16 According to law enforcement radio traffic obtained by the New York Times, police officers are already reporting multiple injuries and calling for backup.

1:26 U.S. Capitol Police orders evacuation of the U.S. Capitol complex.

2:10 Rioters breach police lines on the west or Senate side of the Capitol. According to the AP, Sund calls Walker again and asks for at least 200 guard members “and to send more if they are available.”

2:20 Both houses of Congress adjourn and begin to evacuate.

2:24 Trump tweets, “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!”

2:25 According to the AP, McCarthy tells his staff to prepare to move the emergency reaction force to the Capitol.

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