Ex-DC Guard Alleges Army Generals Lied to Congress in Jan.6 Response
Former DC National Guard official alleged that two army generals “lied” to Congress in their testimony about the United States Capitol riot, Politico first reported on Monday.
The big picture: Colonel Earl Matthews, who served on January 6, alleges in a memo that the official version of the military response is “worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korean propagandist” and that the Pentagon November Inspector General’s Report it contains “a myriad of inaccuracies, false or misleading statements, or examples of faulty analyzes.”
For memory : The military rejects claims by Matthews, who was senior counsel for Major General William Walker on January 6.
- The Office of the Inspector General of the Ministry of Defense maintains its report.
Details: Matthews accuses General Charles Flynn, deputy chief of staff for operations on January 6, and Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt, director of the military staff, in the 36-page memo of being “liars. absolute and unequivocal ”.
- He alleges that they “repeatedly distorted” or misled the House Oversight Committee and the Pentagon Inspector General, which he said contributed to the “flaws” in the IG report.
- Matthews said he, Walker and other senior military and law enforcement officials at 2:30 p.m. Appeal “pleaded for the immediate support of the DC National Guard at the United States Capitol as the Capitol’s security perimeter was violated.”
Piatt and Flynn said the optics of having uniformed military personnel deployed to the United States Capitol would not be good. … Piatt said it would not be his best military advice to recommend to the secretary to army that the DC National Guard be allowed to deploy to Capitol Hill at that time. ”
– Matthews’ claim
Go back: The two Piatt and Flynn told Congress they never said the Guard should not deploy to Capitol Hill.
What they say : Army spokesman Mike Brady said in a report to news outlets that the military’s actions on January 6 had “been well documented and reported”, and that Flynn and Piatt “were open, honest and thorough in their testimony under oath” with Congressional and Department investigators of the defense. “
“As the Inspector General concluded, the actions taken” were appropriate, supported by requirements, consistent with DOD roles and responsibilities for DSCA, and consistent with applicable laws, regulations and other guidelines. We stand by all testimony and facts provided to this day, and vigorously reject any allegation to the contrary. “
- Kim Wheeler, spokesman for the Pentagon Inspector General, said in an emailed statement that the office welcomes “inquiries and discussions regarding our monitoring work.”
- “We support the conclusions of our review of the role, responsibilities and actions of the Department of Defense in preparing for and responding to the protest and its aftermath on the United States Capitol campus on January 6,” Wheeler added. .
- Representatives of the House panel investigating the insurgency declined to comment on the allegations.
To note: Flynn is the brother of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was subpoenaed by the House panel on January 6.
Yes, but: Matthews makes no reference to Michael Flynn, nor does the note imply that he had any influence whatsoever on his brother’s response on January 6.
Read the note, obtained by Politico, in its entirety via DocumentCloud: