Ex-acting Pentagon chief on Jan. 6 riot response

House Democrats accused former appearing Defense Secretary Christopher Miller of taking too lengthy to ship federal troops to the U.S. Capitol as pro-Trump rioters breached the constructing on Jan. 6.

The much-anticipated listening to by the House Oversight Committee changed into a stage for extra partisan bickering, with some Republicans trying to downplay that day’s occasions and one suggesting {that a} California woman fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer in the course of the chaos had been “executed.”

In his ready testimony, Miller known as criticism of the pace of the Pentagon response “unfounded,” noting: “This isn’t a video game where you can move forces with a flick of the thumb, or a movie that glosses over the logistical challenges and the time required to coordinate and synchronize with the multitude of other entities involved or with complying with the important legal requirements involved in the use of such forces.”

then-acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller speaks during a meeting at the Pentagon
Christopher Miller slammed criticism of the pace of the Pentagon response, noting: “This isn’t a video game.”
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File

Miller additionally denied that former President Donald Trump had any function within the Defense Department response, recalling in his ready testimony that the 2 of them had spoken briefly on Jan. 5 and didn’t talk the next day. During the Jan. 5 dialog, Miller reported that Trump informed him “‘they were going to need 10,000 troops the following day.”

At one level, Miller clashed with Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) over Trump’s function relating to the riot after the congressman quoted an interview Miller gave to Vice in March.

“Would anybody have marched on the Capitol, and tried to overrun the Capitol, without the president’s speech?” Miller mentioned on the time. “I think it’s pretty much definitive that wouldn’t have happened.”

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill, questions Christopher Miller, former acting secretary of the Department of Defense, testifying virtually, during a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on the Capitol breach on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 12, 2021,
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill, questions Christopher Miller, former appearing secretary of the Department of Defense, throughout a House Committee on Oversight and Reform listening to on the Capitol breach on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Miller informed Lynch that he want to “modify my original assessment,” to which Lynch responded sarcastically, “Why am I not surprised?”

Later within the alternate, Lynch requested Miller if he stood by his earlier testimony that, “I personally believe his [Trump’s] comments encouraged the protesters that day.” When Miller answered affirmatively, Lynch accused Miller of “a very recent reversal of your testimony.”

“Absolutely not,” Miller answered. “That’s ridiculous.”

“You’re ridiculous,” Lynch shot again.

In his ready testimony, Miller mentioned the navy “has an extremely poor record in supporting domestic law enforcement” and “should not be utilized in such scenarios other than as a last resort and only when all other assets have been expended.” He additionally mentioned he was “committed to avoiding” a repeat of the lethal 1970 taking pictures of anti-Vietnam War protesters at Kent State by National Guard troops.

That wasn’t adequate for House Democrats, who famous the hours-long hole between when D.C. National Guard troops have been requested, authorized and arrived on the scene. At one level, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) accused Miller of being “AWOL,” to which Miller responded: That’s fully inaccurate. That’s fully inaccurate.”

Some Republicans on the committee additionally drew the wrath of Democrats with their characterization of the occasions of Jan. 6. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) informed former appearing Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who testified alongside Miller, that 35-year-old Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt — who was shot and killed as she tried to climb by way of a damaged window into the Speaker’s Lobby — was “executed” by Capitol Police. Gosar described Babbitt as “a young lady, a veteran, wrapped in an American flag that was killed in the U.S. Capitol.”

Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) argued that “it was Trump supporters who lost their lives that day, not Trump supporters who were taking the lives of others.” Hice’s fellow Georgia Republican, Rep. Andrew Clyde, insisted that the riot “was not an insurrection and we cannot call it that and be truthful.”

“As one of the members who stayed in the Capitol and on the House floor who with other Republican colleagues helped barricade the door until almost 3 p.m. that day from the mob who tried to enter, I can tell you the House floor was never breached and it was not an insurrection,” Clyde mentioned. “‘This is the truth. There was an undisciplined mob. There were some rioters and some who committed acts of vandalism but let me be clear there was no insurrection and to call it an insurrection in my opinion is a bold-faced lie.”

Christopher Miller, former acting secretary of the Department of Defense is seen on a video monitor as he testifies virtually during a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing on the Capitol breach on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 12, 2021,
Christopher Miller, former appearing secretary of the Department of Defense, is seen on a video monitor as he testifies just about throughout a House Committee on Oversight and Reform listening to on the Capitol breach on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, May 12, 2021.
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Lynch accused Republicans of peddling “revisionist history,” whereas Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), who led the impeachment effort towards Trump that stemmed from the riot, known as on his GOP colleagues to cease what he known as “evasions” and “distractions.”

“This was a violent white supremacist mob who assaulted the nation’s Capitol,” Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) proclaimed. “It was a deadly and dangerous insurrection that was incited by Donald Trump.”

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