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The Chairman of the Committee That is Preparing the Report on the National Guard Said on January 6

Rep. Bennie Thompson, who is serving as chairman of the House select committee looking into the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, stated on Thursday that the committee is working on compiling information regarding the National Guard and that it might be ready as early as the following month.

The investigation has been underway for “a couple of months,” and according to Thompson, its primary objective will be to investigate “this question about whether or not the President actually engaged or made a reference to the Guard coming.”

“I believe that point has been pretty much debunked. Even though he’s still repeating it,” the Democrat from Mississippi said about the previous president, Donald Trump. “However, as far as the Department of Defense is concerned, this never took place.”

The National Guard did not become fully activated until several hours after the violent crowd entered the Capitol building.


Previous statements made by Trump indicate that he asked for the National Guard to be prepared on January 6.

Last month, he issued a statement in which he asserted that he “suggested and offered” up to 20,000 National Guard troops be deployed to Washington, DC, in advance of January 6, claiming that the reason he did so was that he felt “that the crowd was going to be very large.” On January 6, President Trump will deliver his State of the Union address.

According to a new video of Miller’s deposition that was released by the House select committee, the former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller stated that Trump never gave him a formal order to have 10,000 troops ready to be deployed to the Capitol. This is according to Miller’s testimony that was given to the committee.

In the video, Miller can be heard saying, “I was never given any direction or order or knew of any plans of that nature.”
In a later statement that was included in the video, he stated unequivocally that “There was no direct, there was no order from the President.”

Last month, during one of the panel’s public hearings, the committee played testimony from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley, who stated that it was then-Vice President Mike Pence who ultimately gave him “very direct, unambiguous orders” to get the Guard to the Capitol. Milley said Pence told him to get the Guard to the Capitol.

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But in his testimony, Milley stated that Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, instructed him to testify that Trump, and not Pence, was the one who issued the order.

Regarding what Meadows told Milley, the former White House chief of staff said in his video deposition, “We have to kill the narrative that the Vice President is making all of the decisions.”

“We need to establish the narrative, you know, that the President is still in charge and that things are steady or stable, or words to that effect,” he said. “We need to set the tone.”

On Thursday, Thompson stated that the analysis conducted by the National Guard would be conducted independently from that of the panel.

the report’s concluding chapter, which is still “a work in progress.”

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