A former DC National Guard officer is now accusing two top Army leaders of lying to Congress about the situation surrounding the Jan. 6th Capitol riot to protect another top official who did want to send the Guard into the Capitol, Politico has reported.
In a new memo sent to the January 6th select committee, Col. Earl Matthews – who had high-level Pentagon and National Security Council positions under Donald Trump – accused Army General Charles Flynn and Lt. General Walter Piatt of being “unmitigated and absolute liars” for how they portrayed the events of January 6th.
Of note, Flynn served as the deputy chief of staff over operations on January 6, while Matthews was the top lawyer to Major General William Walker – then commanding general of the National Guard in DC. Matthews had the position to know what really happened that day.
Matthews’ memo defends the police response by Walker, who is now the House sergeant at arms, amplifying Walker’s past congressional testimony about the long delay in the military’s order for the D.C. National Guard to be used to the so-called riot scene.
Matthews also accused Piatt and Flynn of lying to the U.S. Congress about how they replied to the requests for the national guard to be used, and that the Pentagon inspector general’s Nov. report about the attack was “filled with factual inaccuracies.”
He says the Army formed its own ‘closely kept’ revisionist paper regarding the riot that is “worthy of the best North Korea or Stalinist propagandist.”
“Every leader in the D.C. National Guard wanted to reply and knew they could,” says the memo.
Instead of doing this, however, DC guard leaders “set stunned watching” while the attack happened for two hours during the 2020 election certification.
The memo said that at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 6, Walker and Matthews were on a conference phone call with senior law enforcement and military officials, in which the Capitol Police Chief of the time, Steven Sund, “begged” for the prompt deployment of the National Guard after rioters broke through the perimeter.
Piatt and Flynn denied this request.
“LTG Piatt said it was not his best military advice to ask the Sec. of the Army to use the D.C. National Guard at that time,” Matthews said, adding: “LTGs Flynn and Piatt said that the optics of having uniformed military personnel used at the U.S. Capitol would not look good.”
Author: Blake Ambrose