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This week’s House Select Committee hearing featured some  footage shot by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Alexandra of the dramatic events that unfolded that day. The footage shows the Congressional leadership of both parties being hurriedly escorted out of the Capitol by their Security as the rioters penetrated the Capitol, screaming for Pelosi and Pence so they could kill them to prevent the electoral count from being finalized on 1/6, as the Constitution requires.

Speaker Pelosi was filmed stating, as word reached them that Trump may be coming to the Capitol, that if he comes, “I’m going to punch him out” for invading the Capitol grounds, her territory. Both Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, showed great presence of mind trying to contain the violence happening at the Capitol from their safe hideout at Fort McNair, two miles away. They were calling the Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, and later the Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, pleading for National Guard troops to immediately come to the Capitol to clear out the rioters, who had entered both the House and Senate chambers, defecating on the floor, and shouting and screaming. But all they were getting from Trump’s DoD civilian and military leaders was stalling.

Here is why:

At 1:49pm on 1/6, when the rioters were beginning to overpower the Capitol Police and the D.C. Metropolitan Police and enter the Capitol, the heads of these two organizations placed a conference call to the Defense Department conveying an “urgent, immediate request for National Guard assistance” for “boots on the ground” to help suppress the violence, so the certification process could continue.

On a later call, at 2:30pm, they reached three star Lt. General Walter E. Piatt, Director of the Army Staff, who initially replied that he could not recommend that the request be approved, because the presence of uniformed military personnel could inflame the situation, and that the police were better suited to handle the situation.

At the same time, Pelosi and Schumer were calling everyone they could reach, nearby state governors, the Mayor of Washington, D.C. and officials at the Defense Department, to urge military assistance at the Capitol to quell the rioters, whom they watched on television crashing windows, opening doors, entering the Capitol, and attacking and overwhelming the Capitol Police.

On the conference call between the heads of the Capitol Police and the D.C. Metropolitan Police with General Piatt, the general first denied that Brigadier General Charles A. Flynn was on the call, but later admitted that he did participate in the phone call. Flynn, incredibly, is the brother of coup plotter and retired General Michael Flynn, a key advisor to President Trump in plotting to overturn the 2022 election.

General Charles Flynn initially had a memory lapse, saying that he did not remember saying anything on the call, but others on the call recall hearing his voice and that both he and Piatt stated that “the optics” of having uniformed military personnel deployed to the Capitol was not good. In December, 2021, Col. Earl Mathews, an Army JAG lawyer, who also was on the call, accused Flynn of making willful distortions of the events on 1/6, describing he and Piatt as “absolute and unmitigated liars” and of giving “perjured testimony to Congress”.

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Piatt and Flynn recommended that locations away from the Capitol be identified where D.C. National Guard personnel could relieve Metropolitan Police personnel of traffic duties, allowing more Metropolitan Police personnel to go to the Capitol. Flynn specifically stated that the best use of National Guard personnel would be to free up Metropolitan Police personnel by performing non-law enforcement duties away from the Capitol. They urged that a “plan” be developed. The call ended at approximately 3;55pm.

At the same time, Pelosi and Schumer were pleading for military support at the Capitol, stating that if it were the Pentagon or the White House being attacked, military forces would have been immediately deployed. They demanded that the forces be deployed while the “plan” was being developed.

At about 3:05pm, General Flynn was joined in a secure videoconference by retired Major General Willian J. Walker, the Commanding General of the D.C. National Guard, and by Col. Matthews and others. The videoconference was continuous until about 5:15pm, and was joined by many other high level DoD officials. It was not until 5:08pm that Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller authorized the D.C. National Guard to be deployed to the Capitol in support of the Capitol Police.

Why The Delay?

Mark Esper was Secretary of Defense from June 18, 2019 until he was abruptly fired by Trump on November 9, 2020, shortly after he lost the election. Trump replaced him with Christoper Miller, the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, a Trump loyalist. Miller was later accused by Biden’s staff of obstructing the transition to the Biden Administration. Miller’s chief of staff was Kash Patel, a former aide to Congressman Devin Nunes. Patel was notorious for his efforts to discredit investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

On January 3, 2021, all ten living former Secretaries of Defense raised concerns in an open letter that there could be a potential military coup to overturn the 2020 election results, warning Trump officials, and specifically naming Miller, that they would face grave consequences if they did this. Trump’s react to this open letter was to order Miller to “do whatever was necessary to protect the demonstrators” on January 6!

Consequently, on January 4, Miller issued orders prohibiting deploying National Guard members with weapons, helmets, body armor, or riot control agents without his personal approval. Miller was seen in the Alexandra Pelosi video footage on 1/6 talking with Pelosi and Schumer and other Congressional leaders stammering and stalling when these leaders demanded the the National Guard be deployed to protect the Capitol. Clearly, Miller was following the Traitor Trump’s orders not to deploy the National Guard to assist the Congressional leaders under attack.

In fact, Miller waited over three hours, until 5:08pm, before deploying the National Guard, which he did only after Traitor Trump finally emerged from the Oval Office dining room, where he was hiding doing nothing except joyfully watching the rioting at the Capitol on television, to urge the rioters to go home peacefully.

Traitor Trump, and his stooge Christopher Miller, and their co-conspirators at the Department of Defense, should be indicted for their involvement in the 1/6 insurrection. General Charles Flynn, who was later appointed head of the Army forces in the Pacific region, should be investigated at length for his own role in the 1/6 Insurrection.