MO Lt. Gov Slams Nixon: 'He Kept Nat'l Guard Away While Ferguson Burned'
Missouri's Republican lieutenant governor said on "America's Newsroom" he's been kept in the dark by the state's Democratic governor on the key decisions surrounding the Ferguson grand jury announcement.
Many asked the following question in the run-up to last night's Ferguson grand jury decision: why did authorities choose to make the announcement at 8pm local time?
With news breaking in the afternoon that the decision had been reached, critics argued that protesters had hours to gather, while the police response could have been helped by daylight.
St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch finally announced that the grand jury had not returned any indictment against officer Darren Wilson after 8pm local time and then spoke until nearly 9pm.
As the riots grew worse and worse throughout the night, others noted the lack of National Guard troops on the streets.
Martha MacCallum pressed Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) this morning on the thought process behind the timing of the announcement and the decision by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) not to deploy the National Guard.
Nixon said this morning that there would be additional Guard troops deployed to Ferguson.
MacCallum asked how this could have happened given the preparations that were made and knowing what took place over the summer.
Kinder slammed Nixon, saying when you're an executive "you actually have to do something" besides make a speech.
Kinder also did not know why Nixon did not send in the National Guard, even though the troops had been mobilized under a state of emergency a week ago.
"They were kept away at the crucial time while Ferguson burned," said Kinder.
Kinder noted that the city of St. Louis had troops on the streets, but none were out in Ferguson. He said troops should have been deployed immediately at the first sign that the riots were turning violent in Ferguson.
"And here's my question that the governor must answer: is the reason that the National Guard was not in there because the Obama administration and the Holder Justice Department leaned on you to keep them out? I cannot imagine any other reason why the governor who mobilized the National Guard did not have them in there to stop this before it started," said Kinder.
MacCallum asked Kinder why McCulloch made his announcement at 8pm local time, after protesters had been "waiting and waiting" in the streets.
Kinder said he would have chosen 6am for the announcement, adding that many officials expressed that view yesterday.
He's been trying to get answers from Nixon this morning, but said there is no communication between Nixon and others in the state government.
"I sent a staff member down the hall on the same floor to the governor's office about an hour ago to inquire about a brief before I went on your air and I have nothing," said Kinder.
MacCallum called that a "shocking state of affairs," but Kinder said this has been going on for six years under Gov. Nixon with only a few exceptions.
Watch the full interview above.