Donald Trump’s acting Secretary of Defense during the January 6 Capitol riots told Congress he was behind his decisions and angered representatives by refusing to repeat his claim that the former president had turned on the rio.
The result was an inappropriate row during a House Oversight Committee hearing between Christopher Miller and Democratic Representative Stephen Lynch, who accused each other of being ridiculous.
During the second of this week’s congressional hearings, it came to flaws that allowed an angry mob to invade the Capitol.
And it followed a series of probing questions when Lynch Miller asked if he was on an earlier interview blaming Trump for causing the riot.
Florida Republican Representative Byron Donalds listens as former Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller testifies virtually at the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing
“I think I’d like to change my original rating,” Miller said.
“Why am I not surprised,” said Lynch.
Miller added that later evidence showed that there were organized, armed elements in the crowd out to attack the Capitol.
Lynch then read a comment from Miller in an interview with Vice.
“Would someone have walked to the Capitol and tried to enter the Capitol without the president’s speech,” he said. “I think it’s pretty much definitive that this wouldn’t have happened.”
Miller responded by saying that it was not the ‘unitary factor’ that led Lynch to ask if he still supported something he had said earlier in his testimony, when he said, “ I personally believe his comments day. ‘
An explosion caused by police ammunition is seen as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, US, Jan. 6, 2021.
Police were overwhelmed by protesters who raided the Capitol on January 6. The Capitol’s three top security officials resigned in the aftermath, and a string of intelligence failures has since been uncovered by Bolton.
When Miller said it was a valid comment, he accused him of quickly changing his mind.
“That was this morning,” he said. This is a very recent reversal of your testimony.
“Absolutely not. That’s ridiculous,” Miller said.
“You’re ridiculous,” Lynch replied.
In a defensive appearance, Miller said he was behind the decisions he made that day, and accusations that it took too long for troops to arrive were unfounded.
“Criticism of the military response is unfounded and reflects inexperience with or a lack of understanding of military operations, or worse is simply the result of politics,” he said.
He added that he feared deploying troops ahead of protests could fuel growing fears of a military coup. And he insisted that he act as quickly as possible.
“This is not a video game where you can move forces with a thumb movement,” he said.
Security agencies have all been criticized for allowing protesters to gather around the Capitol before storming the building itself.
Capitol Police are under fire for being outnumbered and outnumbered.
The FBI has been accused of a lack of intelligence, causing agents to misunderstand the threat they faced.
And the Department of Defense has been asked why it took staff hours to come to the rescue of civilian police officers.
Miller appeared in a video call.
Former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Robert Contee, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, also gave their first testimony.
The hearing was the second of three this week in which the security vulnerabilities were investigated.
On Monday, Inspector General Michael Bolton of the Capitol Police said the police needed a special counter-surveillance unit to keep an eye on the crowd.
Officers deployed to watch the growing January 6 crowd were reassigned to investigate two pipe bombs discovered in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
“So, in other words, if those pipe bombs were meant to be a distraction, it honestly worked,” he said.
During another part of the hearing, GOP Rep. Arizona’s Paul Gosar defended Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran who broke into the Capitol and was shot by a Capitol Police officer just outside the House Speaker’s Lobby when a MAGA gang tried to enter the room of the house.
Gosar said during the interrogation of acting AG Jeffrey Rosen that Babbit had been ‘executed’.
Babbitt tried to climb through a broken window while lawmakers were trapped in the House room. Federal prosecutors said there was “insufficient evidence to support criminal charges” of the Capitol Police officer who shot her.
Gosar tried to find out the officer’s name, calling Babbitt “a young lady, a veteran, wrapped in an American flag who died in the Capitol.”