Former President Donald Trump has raised the possibility of calling up 10,000 National Guard troops on Jan. 6, 2021, but that wasn’t to quell violence from his supporters; it was to protect him during a planned march to the U.S. Capitol that day, the House Select Committee revealed in its report on the Capitol riots released Thursday.
Trump has often insisted that he called up 10,000 troops (sometimes it’s inflated to 20,000) to keep the peace on January 6, 2021, as part of his defense against accusations he instigated attack on the Capitol as Congress was meeting to certify the 2020 election. The college is counting on the presidential election.
Christopher Miller, then acting secretary of defense, testified under oath before the Jan. 6 committee that there was no such order for Trump’s troops, the report said.
But two days before the violence erupted, Trump insisted he accompany protesters on a march to the Capitol aimed at blocking certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential victory, according to Max Miller’s testimony, who was then a senior White House adviser.
That’s when Trump “mooted the idea of deploying 10,000 National Guardsmen to protect him and his supporters from any perceived threat from left-wing counter-protesters,” Miller said, who said telling Trump it was a bad idea.
Military officials were already suspicious of Trump and his attitude about the use of troops. Trump’s desire to deploy 10,000 active duty troops to quell Black Lives Matter protests near the White House in June 2020 sparked fears among Pentagon officials that he could issue an “unlawful order” for the troops are helping him stay in power after losing the 2020 election, according to the committee’s report.
Trump addressed a crowd of his supporters on January 6, 2021, before ordering them to the Capitol, swearing, “I’ll be there with you.”
He told them, “Fight like hell” and, “We will never give up.” People in the crowd at his rally began shouting, “Take the Capitol.” (Watch the video below.)
White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified before the Jan. 6 committee that Trump told his security detail after his speech to take him to the Capitol. When told it was too big a security risk, Trump allegedly tried to grab the steering wheel of his armored vehicle. When an agent took his hand off the wheel, Trump lunged at him and grabbed him by the neck, Hutchinson testified Tony Ornato, the deputy director of the Secret Service at the time, told him.
He again raised his debunked claim that he wanted 10,000 troops available for January 6 in the post, criticizing the report for failing to mention his “recommendation” ostensibly to keep the peace.
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