Former acting secretary of defense during the deadly Jan. 6 riot, Christopher Miller met Friday with members of the House Select committee investigating the origins of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to NBC News. Last year, Miller said that former President Donald Trump had “encouraged the protesters” with his remarks on Jan. 6. Still, later, he gave a conflicting comment, saying he believed an “organized conspiracy” played a role in the Capitol attack.
“In December, the panel met with Kash Patel, who was Miller’s chief of staff at the Pentagon and a former top aide to Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio,” the outlet reports.
“The committee in recent weeks has sought to speak with numerous Trump allies, former administration officials, and Republican lawmakers,” the report continues. “Some have complied with subpoenas, while others have said they will not cooperate with the committee.”
The investigation has accelerated, with members and associates of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group being charged with seditious conspiracy, among other things, marking the Justice Department leveling the most serious charges yet.
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Among those charged is Stewart Rhodes, a pro-Trump disbarred attorney alleged to have coordinated the attack on the Capitol who has long been of significant interest to federal prosecutors probing the attack by the twice-impeached one-term President’s supporters, according to Politico.
The committee sent subpoenas to Alphabet, Google’s parent company; Meta, Facebook’s parent company; Twitter and Reddit, NBC News reports.
Rep, Liz Cheney, who serves as vice-chair of the committee, used specific language last month, suggesting that Trump could be charged over his actions and inaction during the insurrection.
“Did Donald Trump, through action or inaction, corruptly seek to obstruct or impede Congress’s proceedings?” Cheney said.
And then there’s this:
“These texts leave no doubt: the White House knew exactly what was happening at the Capitol. Members of Congress, the press, and others wrote to Mark Meadows as the attack was underway.”
-Vice Chair @RepLizCheney pic.twitter.com/HMoQhQ8nSK
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) December 14, 2021
Trump should be very worried right now, and that’s probably why he won’t cooperate with the panel. The most serious charges are rolling in.
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