“His historic appointment as the first black American to serve as sergeant-at-arms is an important step forward for this institution and our nation,” Pelosi said in a statement. The California Democrat also noted that Walker had a long career as a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Walker provided vital information about the timing of the events that led to the security collapse on January 6th. In a Senate statement earlier this month, he said he had forwarded an urgent request from the head of the Capitol Police to senior Pentagon officials seeking police support for overwhelmed police.
But that request took more than three hours, Walker said, to get final approval shortly after 5 p.m. This delay in the official deployment of the guard has become a focus of legislature’s investigation into the riot.
Walker has also described a 2:30 pm. Phone call between Capitol Police and Pentagon Brass saying senior Pentagon officials did not seem to have any urgency despite frantic requests from people in the building.
Walker was the 23rd commanding general of the DC National Guard and previously served three decades as a guardsman and DEA agent.