As we reported earlier, House impeachment managers wanted to call witnesses. But then when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he would first call House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), ask what did she know and when did she know it and start delving into all the facts that disproved their case, the Senate Democrats had a talk with the House managers and told them to back off and agree to a deal to no witnesses to get in the statement that they wanted.
So what was it they didn’t want people to delve into and have Americans know?
It’s just atrocious that Democrats have done what they’ve done in this impeachment process.
They’ve postured this case as though it were Trump inciting people and then not wanting to do anything in response. But they did a snap impeachment, failed to do a hearing and establish any evidence to support that.
There’s a good reason why they did that – because there’s more evidence out there that supports Trump and why there never should have been an impeachment to begin with and who it was that turned down the help of the National Guard.
Here’s former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows saying that Trump did in fact talk about National Guard before Jan. 6 for that day.
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) February 13, 2021
Meadows had previously said that in an interview on Fox with Maria Bartiromo, according to Real Clear Politics.
Even in January, that was a given, as many as 10,000 National Guard troops were told to be on the ready by the Secretary of Defense. That was a direct order from President Trump and yet here is what we see, all kinds of blame going around but yet not a whole lot of accountability. That accountability needs to rest with where it ultimately should be and that’s on Capitol Hill.
Meadows noted how Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller would back him up on the issue and indeed, Miller does back him up, according to an interview in Vanity Fair.
[T] he acting secretary of defense, Christopher Miller, was at the White House with his chief of staff, Kash Patel. They were meeting with President Trump on “an Iran issue,” Miller told me. But then the conversation switched gears. The president, Miller recalled, asked how many troops the Pentagon planned to turn out the following day. “We’re like, ‘We’re going to provide any National Guard support that the District requests,’” Miller responded. “And [Trump] goes, ‘You’re going to need 10,000 people.’ No, I’m not talking bullshit. He said that. And we’re like, ‘Maybe. But you know, someone’s going to have to ask for it.’” At that point Miller remembered the president telling him, “‘You do what you need to do. You do what you need to do.’ He said, ‘You’re going to need 10,000.’ That’s what he said. Swear to God.”
Indeed on Jan. 4, Miller gave the authorization to give the support if asked for Jan. 5-6. according to his order.
Basically what they’re saying is they authorized the support, if it was asked for.
So that’s why what the Trump legal team, Lindsey Graham and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said today was so important. They all implied that neither Pelosi nor Mayor Muriel Bowser requested the additional help beforehand.
NEW: Source with Trump legal team says any move by Dems to call witnesses would get “real ugly, real quick.”
“The first two witnesses that we would call would be Nancy Pelosi and Muriel Bowser And they can explain why they rejected additional security and national guard help.”
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) February 13, 2021
Whether Speaker Pelosi, due to optics, refused requests by the Capitol Hill Police for additional resources like the National Guard?
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 13, 2021
2/x Another defense witness who would certainly be relevant:
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 13, 2021
Here’s the timeline that shows that Trump approved the guard on Jan. 3. It also shows they offered a quick reaction force from the National Guard but Bowser on Jan. 5. said that she needed no further support.
🚨NEW >> In throes of Capitol chaos, Pentagon lists *3 CALLS* with DC @MayorBowser about National Guard assistance…
3:26PM — This call the Army Secretary says there was NO denial of the mayor’s request…#breaking #CapitolRiots @WUSA9 @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/eTpguKxASZ
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) January 9, 2021
It appears that they had the Guard then mobilized about 3:04 p.m. when the breach was about 2:20. But while it was put on availability by Trump and Christopher Miller, it wasn’t asked for, apart from limited traffic detail kind of stuff, before everything went wild on Jan. 6.
So if Trump were trying to actually incite an insurrection it doesn’t match the reality that he authorized the Guard and even encouraged 10,000 to be delegated if Miller is correct. That’s one of the things they didn’t want people to know because it would kill the whole false story that Trump never authorized the Guard.