In a meeting with acting Defense secretary Christoper Miller, Donald Trump approves D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for National Guard at the Capitol on January 6, to protect his supporters.
Miller doesn’t approve the request. Instead, he tells the Army that if any guardsmen are authorized, then they are not allowed to be armed. On January 6, he waits over 90 minutes to send in troops while the Capitol is under attack.
In testimony on May 12, Miller claims he was afraid that troops in D.C. would ignite fears “that the President would invoke the Insurrection Act to politicize the military in an anti-democratic manner.” Lawmakers point out that either he disobeyed the president or the president changed his orders.
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