A former District of Columbia National Guard official has blasted Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn — brother of disgraced onetime national security adviser Michael Flynn — and Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt as “absolute and unmitigated liars” in their account of the Pentagon’s response to the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to a memo obtained by Politico.

Col. Earl Matthews, a 36 page memo sent to the House Select Committee investigating the insurrection accuses Charles Flynn (and Piatt) of lying to Congress regarding what happened behind-the scenes on the day that rioters broke into the Capitol. According to Matthews, the two men have played a key role in the Pentagon’s attempt to shirk responsibility for a dangerously sluggish, hours-late response to the violence.

Matthews writes that Flynn, who was Army deputy chief of staff for operations on Jan. 6, and Piatt, the director of Army staff, are attempting to “absolve Senior Army Leaders of any responsibility in the delays” in responding to the attack on the Capitol.

Matthews held high-ranking positions at the Pentagon and National Security Council in Trump’s administration. He was also the top attorney for Maj. Gen. William Walker who was then commanding general, D.C. National Guard.

“Every leader in the D.C. Guard wanted to respond and knew they could respond to the riot at the seat of government before they were given clearance to do so on Jan. 6,” Matthews states in his memo.

Instead, he recounts, D.C. Guard officials sat “stunned watching [events unfold on TV] in the Armory when for the first time in its 219 year history, the D.C. National Guard was not allowed to respond to a riot in the city.”

Major General William J. Walker (ex-commanding general of District of Columbia National Guard) testified on March 3, 2021 about DHS, FBI and National Guard response to Jan. 6, Capitol Riot.
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Pentagon says it was D.C. Guard who was slow to respond to violence. Walker, then commanding officer of the D.C. Guard has repeatedly denied this claim.

Initial statements by the Army denied Charles Flynn’s involvement in the military response against the rebellion. However, he confirmed to me that he participated in the Jan. 6 call regarding what steps should be taken as rioters invaded Capitol. The Washington Post reported.

Walker has told investors that he was “stunned” and “frustrated” during the conference call in which he says D.C. officials asked for National Guard assistance and Flynn and Piatt advised against providing it. Matthews confirmed Walker’s accountHis memo included details of the call.

In his memo, Matthews also attacked the report that the Pentagon inspector general issued last month on Army leadership’s response to the Capitol riot. Matthews called it “replete with factual inaccuracies that served to create a revisionist history “worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korea propagandist.”

Walker had earlier called for the inspector general to retract his report for what he described as “sloppy work” and “inaccurate” findings. Walker told Politico that Matthews’ memo “speaks for itself” and said he had nothing to add.

“Our Army has never failed us and did not do so on Jan. 6,” Matthews told Politico. “However, occasionally some of our Army leaders have failed us and they did so on January 6th. Then they lied about it and tried to cover it up.”

“Every leader in the D.C. Guard wanted to respond and knew they could respond to the riot at the seat of government before they were given clearance to do so on Jan. 6,” Col. Earl Matthews states in a 36-page memo.
“Every leader in the D.C. Guard wanted to respond and knew they could respond to the riot at the seat of government before they were given clearance to do so on Jan. 6,” Col. Earl Matthews states in a 36-page memo.
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Several other key figures in the events of that day have recounted their experiences with the Pentagon’s puzzlingly slow response as rioters marauded through the Capitol, and lawmakers, afraid for their safety and lives, hid beneath benches and in barricaded offices.

Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, for example, said he quickly offered the services of his state’s National Guard but wasn’t granted permission to send them for hours.

Charles Flynn’s brother, Michael Flynn, is a retired Army lieutenant general, right-wing extremist and staunch Trump ally. A message calling for a deposed President was retweeted by him just weeks before the insurrection. Donald TrumpTo declare martial law and keep the White House by force. Five months later, it was. called for a Myanmar-style military coupThe U.S.

Army spokesperson Mike Brady told Politico in a statement that Charles Flynn and Piatt have been “open, honest and thorough in their sworn testimony with Congress and Department of Defense investigators.”

Citing the Pentagon inspector general report that Matthews and Walker have criticized, Brady said that the inspector general had determined that actions taken were “appropriate, supported by requirements … and compliant with laws, regulations, and other applicable guidance.”

Please read Politico’s full story here, and Matthews’ memo here.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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