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Top Military Official Lied About Jan. 6: Whistleblowers

The secretary of the Army on Jan. 6, 2021, lied about multiple details regarding what unfolded as the U.S. Capitol was breached, National Guard whistleblowers said during a congressional hearing on April 17.

Then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy made multiple false claims, including that he spoke to the commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard on two separate occasions after officials requested that the Guard be deployed to the Capitol, the whistleblowers said.

After Maj. Gen. William Walker conveyed a request from the U.S. Capitol Police for Guard personnel, Mr. McCarthy called Maj. Gen. Walker at 2:14 p.m. and instructed the Guard to stand by, according to a Guard timeline of Jan. 6, 2021. But that call and others that Mr. McCarthy or one of his top advisers were said to have made later authorizing the Guard for mobilization and deployment did not happen, according to the Guard officials.

“At no time did Gen. Walker take any calls, nor did we ever hear from the secretary on any of the ongoing conference calls or the secure video teleconferencing throughout the day,” Capt. Timothy Nick, who served as Maj. Gen. Walker’s personal assistant on Jan. 6, 2021, said during the hearing. “This I know because I was with the command general the entire time recording the events.”

Capt. Nick has not previously discussed publicly what transpired on Jan. 6, 2021, and neither has Brig. Gen. Aaron Dean, who was the National Guard’s adjutant general on the day that the Capitol was breached.

The Department of Defense (DOD) inspector general report on Jan. 6, 2021, which relied heavily on Mr. McCarthy and other military officials, was rife with “inaccuracies,” Brig. Gen. Dean said. “I believe it is my duty and moral obligation to stand before you today and illuminate the truth,” he told the hearing, which was held by the House Administration Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight.

Despite Mr. Walker conveying the request for assistance at about 1:50 p.m., the Guard was not deployed to the Capitol until about 5:10 p.m.

“This was a dereliction of duty by the secretary of the Army,” Rep. Greg Murphy (R-N.C.), one of the members of the committee, said.

Mr. McCarthy refused to appear before the panel, Dr. Murphy said.

Christopher Miller, the acting secretary of defense at the time, authorized Guard deployment at 3:11 p.m., but Mr. McCarthy took the order and decided to draw up a plan before ordering the deployment, according to military timelines and testimony from Mr. McCarthy and others.

“You never would employ our personnel, whether it’s on an American street or a foreign street, without putting together a [plan],” Mr. McCarthy told the now-disbanded House Jan. 6 committee.

“We stand by our January 6th Report and have no further comment at this time,” a DOD inspector general spokesperson told The Epoch Times via email.

Other Leaders

The whistleblowers also testified that Army officials Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt and Gen. Charles Flynn, during a 2:30 p.m. conference call on Jan. 6, 2021, expressed concern about the optics of having the Guard at the Capitol.

“I did hear the word optics. And they did use it. Specifically, Gen. Piatt said ‘optics.’ And his concern was that he did not want soldiers or airmen on Capitol grounds, with the Capitol in the background,” Brig. Gen. Dean said. “They were giving every other reason why we should be around the Capitol, away from the Capitol, and not responding to the Capitol.”

The officials lacked familiarity with the Guard and the Guard’s capabilities, Brig. Gen. Dean said.

Lt. Gen. Piatt has been quoted by Maj. Gen. Walker and others as saying during the call: “I don’t like the visual of the National Guard standing a line with the Capitol in the background. I would much rather relieve USCP [U.S. Capitol Police] officers from other posts so they can handle the protestors.”

Lt. Gen. Piatt has told lawmakers that he did not recall using the words optics, visuals, or image during the call or in any other conversations on Jan. 6, 2021. But he later said, “I may have said that,” citing people who took notes during the call.

Gen. Flynn told the House Oversight Committee in 2021 that he “never expressed a concern about the visuals, image, or public perception of sending the D.C. National Guard to the U.S. Capitol.”

Col. Earl Matthews, a lawyer who was with Maj. Gen. Walker on Jan. 6, 2021, and who has challenged the Pentagon Jan. 6 narrative, and District of Columbia National Guard Command Sgt. Michael Brooks, a senior officer with the Guard until he retired in 2022, also testified during the hearing in Washington.

None of the Guard officials who testified were formally interviewed by the House Jan. 6 committee, which was primarily run by Democrats and disbanded at the end of the previous Congress.

The officials said the Guard was ready to act and could have made a difference if not for the delay.

“I know if we were able to deploy immediately when Gen. Walker made the request, the National Guard could have helped end civil disturbance and restore order quickly,” Capt. Nick said.

  • JJ says:

    Many Democrats have lied about Jan 6 and nothing will ever happen to any of them!! I am convinced that Nancy Pelosi is paramount in the manufacturing of Jan 6 because of the number of FBI agents in the crowd!!!! She did this to eliminate Trump from any possible threat to running for president ever again!! Nancy is one of those who actually be prosecuted for the Jan 6 event!!!

  • Dorothy says:

    The Democrats are taking this and using it constantly. We are tired of hearing about the Jan. 6th event. It was the Democrats and Pelosi who planned this and nothing else they have to say about it counts. Do not tell us about all the mistakes that were made on that day because if you do not make any arrests for these traitors, it does not matter anymore.

    • Irishgal says:

      It DOES matter! to all the prisoners still being held at the DC gulag without a trial date 3YRS later!!! very little if any access to fam. friends, etc while some being thrown into solitary confinement. It matters to the ‘praying grandma’ now facing up to a 1 yr in prison for being in Capt. for 10min. and a $200,000 fine. It matters to every single one that are still being brought in just for being on the grounds. 98% arrested just for peacefully walking around inside. Until people actually stand up, demand their congress person DO something! to free these people, it matters! Seems these people have been ‘doesn’t matter’ to rot! Demand Speaker Johnson to keep his promise of releasing the vids! 202 225 4000

  • John sweet says:

    We must hold people accountable for their actions, as an example of their are to be “Consequences!”! Without consent there was an attempted effort to make what happened on January 6th falsely an act of rebellion, the intentionally instigated investigation provided the expected results the political party wanted. Falsely charged even jailed, the cost to their reputations, their place in the communities. For a society to continue to thrive it must hold people accountable for their actions, or they devolve into anarchy and lose that civilization and it’s society!

  • annj says:

    A lot of traitors in our country, don’t you think??? I guess we only believed we had freedom because that’s what they’ve been telling us all our lives. We had no idea of what DC has been pulling on us all along. We certainly have absolutely NO REPRESENTATION & We the People can’t afford the LOBBY that controls.



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