MIKE Pence pleaded for the military to clear the Capitol while Nancy Pelosi begged for help during the riots, but troops weren't sent for an hour.
A recently released timeline shows that politicians made the severity of the situation very clear hours before order was restored again in the US Capitol on January 6.Mike Pence desperately called for the Capitol to be cleared two hours after rioters broke inCredit: Getty Trump supporters marched on the Capitol building on January 6Credit: Reuters
The former VP made the call as he hid in a secure room while rioters roamed through the building.
The timeline makes it clear that former President Donald Trump was not actively engaged in putting a stop to the riots -- which resulted in the deaths of five people including a police officer -- as they began unfolding.Pelosi made similar pleas for military assistanceCredit: Getty Even though Sen Schumer pleaded for assistance, help did not arrive for hoursCredit: The Mega Agency
That inaction led to a slowed response by the military and law enforcement, the AP reported.
Handling the crisis, therefore, fell to Pentagon officials, a handful of senior White House aides and the leaders of Congress and Vice President -- who were holed up in a secure room at the Capitol waiting out the riots.
Pence's call to Christopher Miller went out at 4.08pm, two hours after rioters had broken into the Capitol building.
The vice president demanded answers and told Miller that the building was not yet secure.Before breaking into the Capitol building, protesters were violently clashing with copsCredit: AP
Rioters inside the building had called for both Pelosi and Pence to be hanged.
Trump and Pence's relationship took a highly-public left turn before the riots, after Pence said he would not refuse to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election.
Congress was in DC to certify the election when Trump supporters stormed the building on January 6.
Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund reportedly called asking for National Guard assistance before anyone even broke into the Capitol building, according to the timeline.
At 1.49pm, Sund called the DC National Guard's commanding general to ask for backup as protesters reached the Capitol grounds following a speech Trump gave to his supporters around noon.
Some of the thousands of protesters became violently immediately, according to Sund's call, and were busting through police barriers and getting violent with officers who stood in their way.
Trump's rally immediately before the riots led many to believe he was responsible for the attempted insurrection.
He was impeached a second time over the riots, but ultimately cleared of fault.
Vice-President Mike Pence is evacuated out of senate chamber after protestors storm capitol