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Trump wanted troops to protect his supporters at Jan. 6 rally

PoliticsMay 12, 2021 08:21PM ET
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By Jan Wolfe

(Reuters) -President Donald Trump wanted National Guard troops in Washington to protect his supporters at a Jan. 6 rally that ended with them attacking the U.S. Capitol, leaving five dead, Trump's former Pentagon chief testified on Wednesday.

Former Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller told a House of Representatives panel that he spoke with Trump on Jan. 3, three days before the now-former president's fiery speech that preceded the violence and led to his second impeachment.

According to Miller's testimony, Trump asked during that meeting whether the District of Columbia's mayor had requested National Guard troops for Jan. 6, the day Congress was to ratify Joe Biden's presidential election victory.

Trump told Miller to "fill" the request, the former defense secretary testified. Miller said Trump told him: "Do whatever is necessary to protect demonstrators that were executing their constitutionally protected rights."

Miller made the remarks during a contentious hearing held by the House Oversight Committee, which is investigating security failures in the days leading to and during the riot.

Representative Carolyn Maloney, the Democrat who chairs the committee, demanded answers from Miller on why National Guard troops did not arrive until hours after the building was overrun.

Miller testified that the U.S. military was deliberately restrained that day when Trump's rally turned into an assault by hundreds of his followers that left five dead, including a Capitol Police officer.

Miller testified that he was concerned in the days before Jan. 6 that sending National Guard troops to Washington would fan fears of a military coup or that Trump advisers were advocating martial law.

Trump wanted troops to protect his supporters at Jan. 6 rally
 

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Special Forces
Special Forces May 17, 2021 12:25AM ET
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Trumps protection has diminished.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 13, 2021 11:14AM ET
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I agree with Trump. Note that the only person killed was a Trump supporter.
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel May 13, 2021 11:14AM ET
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Go to any federal installation, military bases, NASA facilities etc. and try to charge through the gates or fence. They will shoot you down, with no questions asked. Thoughts & prayers.
Investing Man
Investing Man May 13, 2021 6:11AM ET
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No one cares about cheetojesus anymore
Pat Mathieu
Pat Mathieu May 12, 2021 10:15PM ET
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... against the Dem's army of thugs and extremists like Antifa and BLM
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel May 12, 2021 10:08PM ET
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Trump who?
palmer gossett
palmer gossett May 12, 2021 9:07PM ET
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They just can't get Trump out of their heads. Keep dreaming every night about Trump
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy May 12, 2021 8:55PM ET
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Yea, we have crisis everywhere, Inflation, gas lines, illegal invasion and here come democrats with "scary stuff" But but but Trump, January 6th, Trump, insurrection!!!! Lol Lol Lol
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire May 12, 2021 8:38PM ET
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The lack of sedition charges for the failed insurrection is deeply disturbing and shows the real tilt of the actual “deep state” if you want to call our beurocracy that.
Mse II
Mse II May 12, 2021 8:38PM ET
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The only mur der that happened that day was committed capital police. If people are being escorted into the capital by police how could that be considered ins urection?Have you not seen all the videos of of that happening? Yes there were a few bad actors but they were just that... actors. They weren't even Trump supporters, they were attempting to make it look like supporters. Do some research and stop following the leftwing media blindly
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 12, 2021 8:38PM ET
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yawn
Louis Lipps
Louis Lipps May 12, 2021 8:28PM ET
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Dear orange man bad tards.  Enjoy your few years because OMB syndrome will be in full force again shortly because if things continue to progress the way they are progressing OMB will be sitting in that chair again in 2024.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire May 12, 2021 8:28PM ET
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You dont even understand the meme how sad
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood May 12, 2021 8:28PM ET
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Benjamin McIntire  You are a meme, so perhaps you know a bit about it.
Sharon Carms
Sharon Carms May 12, 2021 4:15PM ET
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"Trump wanted troops to protect his supporters at Jan. 6 rally"....OMG THE HORROR!!! Leftists loo.ting and r.ioting and burning down the country for over a year and Trump wanted security at his rally?! Who would have thought?! Meanwhile, DC police ushering people into the Capitol and Pelosi turning down additional security that was offered for that day and left-wing agitators among the crowd that entered the building...nothing sketchy at all...
Gene Kret
Gene Kret May 12, 2021 4:15PM ET
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Mase Gumbo bad Made bad
Sharon Carms
Sharon Carms May 12, 2021 4:12PM ET
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Any time Biden does something stu.p.id, MSM spews out nonsense about Trump. The more they keep talking about Trump, the more I know Biden is screwing up the country and they fear Trump running again in 2024 and win for a third time. And for he record, security was Nany Pelosi's responsibility, and she rejected additional assistance that was offered that day...not sketchy at all...especially with the left-wing agitators discovered among the crowd.
Keith Whellans
Keith Whellans May 12, 2021 4:12PM ET
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'nonsense about trump', 'win for a third time' - reality is obviously not a feature of your orange-tinted flat Earth !
Mse II
Mse II May 12, 2021 4:12PM ET
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funny how lefties think it's normal to see negative numbers during a count. Plenty of videos showing that happening only for Trump and in multiple states. "Totally normal to see tens of thousands of votes removed during a count.
Alan Rice
Alan Rice May 12, 2021 11:53AM ET
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2021 WINNER !! (annual Reuters "State the Obvious" contest) Collect your prize at .......
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar May 12, 2021 11:08AM ET
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Who cares what this woman thinks.  Does she or any of the other ones that look like her give the appearance that they have even a clue of what they're talking about?
John Mage
John Mage May 12, 2021 11:07AM ET
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Congress woman needs to get over it. You want to rule like dictators, people will rebel.
GJ DJT
GJDJT May 12, 2021 11:07AM ET
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where were you during drumpf dictatorship.
Tom Lemon
Tom Lemon May 12, 2021 11:07AM ET
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john, trump was the dictator wanba-be. he is responsible for the failed coup also.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 12, 2021 11:07AM ET
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Tom Lemon  That was a coup? LOL
 
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