Politics Trump asked for troops to do 'whatever was necessary' to protect demonstrators who went on to storm the Capitol
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — “We’re looking for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop,” FBI agents told Marilyn Hueper after briefly handcuffing her. Hueper shot back: “That still doesn’t explain why you’re in my home. Or in Homer, Alaska.” The search for the House speaker’s laptop had taken a U.S. Capitol Police officer thousands of miles away from home for an FBI raid on Hueper’s home, looking for something stolen during the Jan. 6 insurrection — and the person who did it.The agents would walk out of Hueper’s home with iPads, cellphones and a pocket-sized copy of the Declaration of Independence. They took a laptop, but it wasn’t from Pelosi’s office.
- Donald Trump asked for National Guard troops to protect his supporters at the January 6 Capitol rally.
- That's according to his former acting defense secretary Christopher Miller.
- Hundreds of attendants at the rally went on to storm the Capitol.
President Donald Trump asked for National Guard troops to be deployed to protect his supporters at the rally on January 6 which culminated in hundreds of them violently storming the Capitol building, his former acting defense secretary told lawmakers on Wednesday.
Christopher Miller told the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday that he held a meeting with Trump on January 3, three days before the violent siege in Washington, DC.
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Miller said that Trump asked at the meeting if there had been any requests for National Guard support at the "Stop the steal" rally on January 6, where Trump and his supporters gathered to claim repeat baseless allegations of voter fraud in November's presidential election.
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Miller said he told Trump that Muriel Bowser, the District of Colombia mayor, had requested unarmed National Guard support for the planned demonstrations on January 5 and 6.
He said that Trump then ordered Miller to fulfill Bowser's request and told him to "do whatever was necessary to protect the demonstrators that were executing their constitutionally protected rights."
Miller and Trumpafter it was breached by the former president's supporters on January 6.
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But Miller used his testimony to defend his own actions on the day. "I stand by every decision I made on January 6,"after he was asked to apologize to American citizens for his actions that day.
In, he claimed he had only deployed troops in areas away from the Capitol to avoid fanning conspiracy theories that the army was involved in efforts to overturn the election, claiming that doing so risked "amplifying the narrative that your Armed Forces were somehow going to be co-opted in an effort to overturn the election."
Heand deployed National Guard troops at 30 traffic control points around the White House, as well as 6 subway stations, to block vehicles from entering the area. He said the purpose was to "demonstrate a law enforcement presence" and "intervene, only if required, in disturbances."
Trump-blaming, Foxitis and cancel culture: How Capitol rioters' attorneys are defending their clients in court and in the media .
Some blamed cancel culture. Others blamed former President Donald Trump. Some said their clients have been brainwashed by right-wing media.Some blamed Washington, D.C.'s media-saturated cancel culture as they seek to move trials elsewhere. Some claimed self-defense. Some tried to diminish their clients' culpability for the events on Jan. 6, when a pro-Trump mob forced their way inside the Capitol, disrupted Congress as it counted state-certified Electoral College votes and vandalized offices in a riot that ultimately saw five people die and about 140 police officers injured.