Cap At a House hearing on the role of the military in the January U.S. Capitol riots, Trump officials saw the move to defend the controversial day.
High-ranking officials in the former president’s administration Donald Trump The U.S. Capitol defended their actions during the uprising at a congressional hearing Wednesday.
Capitol police and U.S. military officials have been criticized for failing to respond to violent crowds trying to close a joint session of Congress to prove the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s election victory. January 5. Five people died after the violent riots.
Carolyn Maluni, chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, opened the hearing by saying that “although planned on social media to be seen around the world, the federal government was not prepared for the uprising.”
Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller He said many of the criticisms leveled at the military were “baseless.”
Miller said in a prepared commentary published by the Associated Press that the response was lacking “Concerns in the media about the possibility of a military coup have raised concerns about the proper and limited use of the military in domestic affairs.”
During the hearing, Miller reiterated these concerns to House lawmakers.
“I was very aware of the fears and concerns I had about the use of military force in June 2020 in response to the protests at the White House,” Miller said. A photo of the church.
Even this move was widely criticized High-ranking military leaders.
Miller continued:[J]Ahead of the Electoral College’s credentials, an op-ed signed by 10 former secretaries of defense, published in the Washington Post, warned of the risk of using the military to politicize inappropriately.
Miller said he did not speak with Trump in January.
House lawyers also questioned the former’s performance Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen About the day, he asked if Trump had talked to him about efforts to protect the capital.
Rosen added that Trump did not speak to Trump in January because he had the authority to do what needed to be done to secure protection.
Democratic lawmakers also pressured Rosen on whether he and Trump should talk about overturning the 2020 election results.
The matter has become the subject of investigation by the state authorities In Georgia.
Rejecting his response, Rosen said, “I, as a lawyer, don’t have to decide whether I can disclose the private conversation … other people make this decision.”
Georgia Republican Rep. Jody Hayes used her time to say that criticism against Trump was part of a misrepresentation by her Democratic colleagues and the media.
“I would like to point out … the media has claimed that the tragic death of Officer Brian Sicnic was caused by a pro-Trump mob pressing his skull with a fire extinguisher, which we all know did not happen now,” Hess said.
Sicnic was a Capitol police officer whose death was initially thought to be the result of rioters, but was later determined to have caused a stroke in the DC coroner’s office.
However, the video footage shows the rioters attacking the capital police. A Coroner’s report The sickle was sprayed with chemicals before she died, he said.
Julian Khatar and George Tanios are two men accused of spraying Sick According to W USA-TV, which received footage of the riots, with pepper spray in January.
Khatar and Tanios were ordered to stay in pre-trial before their trial on Monday.
Representative Stephen Lynch responded to Hayes by saying: “It’s hard for me to believe the revisionist history my colleagues are proposing on the other side.”