The House select committee’s next hearing isn’t until September, but recently it’s been dropping all sorts of damning videos on social media about former President Donald Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot.
On Tuesday, the select committee posted a video showing former Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller testifying that Trump’s claim that he ordered 10,000 troops to defend the Capitol on Jan. 6 was ― and we’re paraphrasing here ― basically B.S.
The day after the insurrection, Trump boasted in a videotaped statement that he “immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement” to secure the building.
But Miller testified under oath that he was “never given any direction or order or knew of any plans of that nature,” and he added that he was “surprised” to see statements suggesting Trump made those orders.
“There was no order from the president,” he said.
Miller added that any plans of activating more soldiers to protect the Capitol were mere “contingency planning,” but it was not set in motion.
“There was no official message traffic or anything of that nature,” Miller said. “That was not part of my plan or the Department of Defense’s plan.”
You can see the video below.
In June, the House select committee released videotaped testimony from Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley. He said then-Vice President Mike Pence was the one to mobilize forces to the Capitol.