Capitol Police rejected offers of federal help to quell mob

Capitol police officers stand outside of fencing Thursday that was installed around the exterior of the Capitol grounds. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

WASHINGTON — Three days before supporters of President Donald Trump rioted at the Capitol, the Pentagon asked the U.S Capitol Police if it needed National Guard manpower. And as the mob descended on the building Wednesday, Justice Department leaders reached out to offer up FBI agents. The police turned them down both times, according to senior defense officials and two people familiar with the matter.