Chris Millerwho was Secretary of Defense for former President Donald Trump, denied receiving formal orders by the New York tycoon to deploy some 10 thousand military before him assault on January 6, 2021 by on Capitol Hill.
“I was never given such an instruction or order nor did I know of plans of this nature,” he said during an appearance before the parliamentary commission investigating the assault, which left five dead and fifty detainees.
Miller stressed that “there was definitely no such order from the president,” according to the CNN television network.
“We obviously had plans to deploy more troops, but it was just a contingency plan and nothing more. There was no such official message,” she said.
Trump, however, has indicated that he asked the National Guard to be “prepared” to be deployed in Washington for January 6, considering that the crowd that was gathering around Congress was “too big.”
For his part, the former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Army, General Mark Milleyhas also insisted that never received this type of order from Trump.
Milley testified that he had a conversation with now-former Vice President Mike Pence on two or three occasions that day, a version that fits with that of former national security adviser Keith Kellogg, who has stated that Trump never called for such a deployment by the Armed Forces.