Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 12, 2024

New Allegations Against January 6 Committee

Former Rep. Liz Cheney’s January 6 Committee allegedly withheld evidence that President Donald Trump had tried to deploy 10,000 National Guard troops for the safety of the nation’s capital on January 6, 2021.

This concealed evidence clashed with the committee's public narrative and was revealed in a hidden transcript and testimony from Deputy Chief of Staff Anthony Ornato.

Representative Liz Cheney, who was a key member of the January 6 Committee, attended and took part in an interview with Anthony Ornato on January 28, 2022. According to The Federalist, Ornato revealed that President Trump had suggested deploying thousands of troops to maintain order during the Capitol events.

Claims of Suppressed Evidence Surface

Cheney and the committee had publicly asserted they had "no evidence" of Trump’s offer of 10,000 National Guard troops. However, Ornato’s testimony provided a starkly different account.

Ornato detailed that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows asked Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser if additional troops were necessary. Bowser declined, requesting only a limited, non-armed National Guard presence.

Ornato's account underscored that Meadows and Trump were frustrated with Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller's slow deployment response during the Capitol breach.

Key Testimonies Overshadowed

Further, the January 6 Committee allegedly misrepresented or suppressed critical parts of Ornato's interview, painting an inaccurate picture. Reports indicated that fewer than half of the 1,000 interviews the committee conducted are publicly available.

Representative Barry Loudermilk has been a vocal critic of the committee’s actions, accusing them of hiding evidence contradicting their narrative. Loudermilk is now leading an investigation into their conduct.

Ornato’s testimony mentioned Trump’s efforts to set up a quick reaction force at Joint Base Andrews and emphasized how President Trump was concerned about the potential size of the crowd expected on January 6.

Conflicting Reports and New Investigations

Ornato recounted that Meadows continually asked, “Where is the National Guard?” and was insistent on securing the Capitol. Despite these testimonies, Cheney’s final report maintained that the Department of Defense did not intentionally delay deploying the National Guard.

Kash Patel’s testimony supported Ornato’s claims, contradicting the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision that dismissed the matter due to the suppressed evidence. Cheney's report also contended that Trump did not order National Guard deployment.

Stories and conspiracy theories about Ornato emerged from committee allies before further interviews could be conducted, which many view as an attempt to discredit conflicting testimonies.

Concluding Remarks

Recent revelations have caused significant controversy, with Representative Loudermilk stressing the need to uncover all facts in his investigation. More testimonies and previously withheld documents have raised concerns about the transparency and ethics of the January 6 Committee. The discovery of evidence regarding Trump's request for National Guard troops underscores the importance of a thorough and unbiased investigation.

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