Mark Milley describes effort to rewrite Trump’s role on Jan. 6
The Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, General Mark Milley, described the efforts of the White House staff to rewrite Donald Trump’s actions in relation to the January 6 insurgency, including pushing “the narrative that the President is still is in charge’.
But Milley said it was actually then Vice President Mike Pence.
“Vice President Pence – there were two or three conversations with Vice President Pence. He was very animated, and he gave very explicit, very direct, unambiguous orders. There was no doubt about that,’ said Milley.
In a videotaped testimony played during Thursday’s hearing, Milley described a public relations strategy that Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows told him was needed in the wake of the riots.
“He said we have to kill the story that the vice president makes all the decisions, we have to put down the story that the president is still in charge,” said Milley, the country’s top military officer.
On the day of the uprising, Pence called military officials to try to get their help to take back the Capitol after it was overrun by a mob of Trump supporters.
In an urgent phone call to the acting Secretary of Defense that day, Pence told Christopher Miller, “Clear the Capitol.”
Pence was referring to the DC National Guard, which reports to the Secretary of Defense.
Milley, who was in contact with Pentagon leaders that day, said he thought Meadows’ attempt to regain control of the story was a “red flag.”
“I immediately interrupted that as politics, politics, politics. A red flag for me personally,” he said.
Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley described the efforts of White House staff to rewrite Donald Trump’s actions regarding the January 6 insurgency in his videotaped testimony.
Then Vice President Mike Pence called the Pentagon on Jan. 6 and asked for help in retaking control of the Capitol.
Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney, who was targeted by Trump for serving on the House committee investigating the insurgency, introduced Millay’s testimony.
She claimed that President Trump did not order the DC National Guard to mobilize that day, which the White House said at the time.
President Trump not only refused to tell the crowd to leave the Capitol, he made no appeal to any element of the United States government to instruct that the Capitol be defended. He didn’t call the defense secretary on January 6, he didn’t speak to his attorney general. He did not speak to the Department of Homeland Security,” she said.
“President Trump gave no order that day to deploy the National Guard, and he made no attempt to cooperate with the Department of Justice to coordinate and display and deploy law enforcement assets. Vice President Pence did all those things,” she noted.
Milley’s testimony was one of many played as the committee worked on primetime television to retell the story of what happened that day.
A series of public hearings — some in prime time — will be played in the coming weeks as some attempt to rewrite what happened the day the Capitol was stormed. The hearings also come ahead of the midterm elections in November, as Democrats try to maintain control of Congress.
The commission conducted more than 1,000 interviews with people involved in the siege and collected more than 140,000 documents.
Cheney promised that in future hearings, the committee would reveal more testimony about what happened behind closed doors at the White House that day, including several White House employees who resigned and discussed how Trump would not ask his supporters to take the Capitol Building. leave.
Trump has denied any personal responsibility for the uprising and survived a second attempt to impeach him, based on allegations related to that day.
But he also said that January 6 “represented the greatest movement in the history of our country.”
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley, said he saw Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ (above) attempt to rewrite the story as a “red flag.”
A video of Chiarman of the Joint Chiefs, Mark A. Milley, testifying, plays in the committee room as members of the panel investigating the uprising listen
President Donald Trump speaks at a rally against Joe Biden’s electoral college certification as president in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021
Trump repeatedly claimed the election had been stolen from him and addressed his supporters at the Ellipse outside the White House on Jan. 6. He also reportedly wanted to march to the Capitol with them.
But in an interview with the Washington Post in April, Trump said it was the… responsibility of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to stop the uprising.
‘I hated to see it. I hated to see it,” he told the newspaper. “And I said, ‘It has to be taken care of,’ and I assumed they took care of it.”
Publicly, Trump remained silent for 187 minutes after his supporters broke through the Capitol on Jan. 6.
He eventually took up a message on Twitter asking them to go home.
Other witnesses had described an attempt to convince Trump to act, including having his daughter Ivanka Trump go to the Oval Office multiple times to encourage them to call on his MAGA supporters to resign.