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The GOP slapped again for the January 6 National Guard lie

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The fact-checker called Republican leaders on Friday over newly resurrected claims that President Donald Trump was not responsible for the National Guard’s failure to show up during last year’s Jan. 6 insurrection.

Trump has repeatedly accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of stranding some 10,000 Guard members that day. But Pelosi has no control or jurisdiction over the National Guard in the District of Columbia. Trump does.

A number of outlets, from USA Today to the Washington Post and CNN, have denied Trump’s claims that he called the Guard and Pelosi blocked them to protect the Capitol.

even trump boasted in a videotaped statement a day after the 2021 insurgency that he “immediately deployed the National Guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building.

On Thursday, GOP leaders again accused Pelosi of blocking the Guard. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) Thursday, for some reason, instead blamed Sen. Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.), who was the Senate Minority Leader during the insurgency.

As violence raged for three hours across the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Trump watched the riot on TV at the White House. He did not contact anyone to protect the building or the lawmakers trapped inside.

“Not only did President Trump refuse to tell the crowd to leave the Capitol, but he did not call any element of the United States government to demand that the Capitol be defended,” Rep. Liz Cheney revealed Thursday night ( R-Wyo). at the first House Select Committee hearing on January 6,

“He did not call his Secretary of Defense on January 6. He did not speak to his attorney general. He did not speak to the Department of Homeland Security,” Cheney added. “President Trump did not give the order to deploy the national guard That day. And he made no effort to work with the Department of Justice to coordinate and deploy law enforcement assets.

His statements were supported by videotaped testimony played during the hearing by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley. He said it was then-Vice President Mike Pence, who was himself under siege at the time, to demand that the National Guard be called out.

Pence told Pentagon leaders to “get the Guard down here, end this situation,” Milley testified. The general said he later got a call from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who told him to “kill the narrative that the vice president makes all the decisions.”

Republicans likely landed on the National Guard issue again because a complete lack of action by Trump for hours to protect the Capitol and lawmakers would seem to bolster the case the Jan. 6 panel is building against him, saying that he left to take control of the election and stay in power,

Thousands of National Guard troops were eventually deployed to Capitol Hill to secure the area.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.


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