D.C. National Guard member Col. Earl Matthews sent a lengthy memo to the House January 6 Select Committee. In it, he claimed that the generals lied to the Select Committee. In addition, he said that the Pentagon’s inspector general also misled Congress.
Matthews worked at the National Security Council and the Pentagon for Donald Trump, so he was privy to all this information. He claimed that two top Army leaders flat out lied as they attempted to rewrite the January 6 history. He was the main attorney for the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard Maj. Gen. William Walker.
He claimed that these two military men delayed their response, failing to send in the National Guard for hours, according to The POLITICO.
Who is Charles Flynn and what did he have to do with the January 6 insurrection? He is Trump’s pardoned buddy Mike Flynn’s brother. On that day Charles Flynn was the Deputy Chief of Staff for operations.
The other man accused of lying to the Select Committee was the Director of Army Staff Lt. General Walter Piatt. Matthews detailed in his events in his 36-page memo, calling these two men “absolute and unmitigated liars,” according to according to The Rolling Stone:
‘Every leader in the D.C. Guard wanted to respond and knew they could respond to the riot at the seat of government. [He said that the D.C. guard members] set [sic] stunned watching in the Armory.’
Matthews’ memo said the propaganda was “worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korea propagandist:”
‘Our Army has never failed us and did not do so on January 6, 2021. However, occasionally some of our Army leaders have failed us and they did so on January 6th. Then they lied about it and tied to cover it up. They tried to smear a good man and to erase history.
Army spokesperson Mike Brady released a statement reading:
‘[A]ctions on January 6th have been well-documented and reported on, and Gen. Flynn and Lt. Gen. Piatt have been open, honest, and thorough in their sworn testimony with Congress and DOD investigators.’
‘We stand by all testimony and facts provided to date, and vigorously reject any allegations to the contrary. However, with the January 6th Commission’s investigation still ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further.’
At the time, Piatt was the director of Army staff, one of the top generals in the Pentagon, and Flynn was the Army’s director of operations. The two men were the highest-ranking Army officials who spoke on the 2:30 call requesting assistance, according to Matthews:
‘LTG Piatt stated that it would not be his best military advice to recommend to the Secretary of the Army that the D.C. National Guard be allowed to deploy to the Capitol at that time. LTGs Piatt and Flynn stated that the optics of having uniformed military personnel deployed to the U.S. Capitol would not be good.’
Piatt and Flynn suggested instead that Guardsmen take over D.C. police officers’ traffic duties so those officers could head to the Capitol. At 2:37 p.m. instead of sending in troops as was customary, Piatt and Flynn “recommended for D.C. Guard to standby:”
‘[Flynn] advised D.C. National Guard to standby until the request has been routed to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and then-acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller.’
Piatt and Flynn were concerned about “optics:”
‘At no point on January 6 did I tell anyone that the D.C. National Guard should not deploy directly to the Capitol.’
Matthews commented on Flynn’s statement:
‘If it does not constitute the willful and deliberate misleading of Congress, then nothing does. Flynn was referring to 154 D.C. Guardsmen who were already on duty, were trained in civil disturbance response, already had area familiarization with Washington, DC, were properly kitted, and were delayed only because of inaction and inertia at the Pentagon.’
Miller and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley spoke by phone, and Milley authorize the D.C. Guard to be deployed. Matthews wrote:
‘In March 2021, MG Walker was told by a friend that LTG Piatt was so upset with MG Walker that he directed the development of an Army “White Paper” to retell events of 6 January in a light more favorable to LTGs Flynn, Piatt, Secretary McCarthy and the Army Staff.’
The information was “secret:”
‘[They sought] to create an alternate history which would be the Army’s official recollection of events, The end product, a revisionist tract worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korea propagandist, was close hold.’
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