Ex-Pentagon official says J6 committee threatened him to shut up about Nat’l Guard troops

A top former Trump administration official said that the now-defunct January 6 committee used intimidation to keep him quiet about a very relevant detail about the infamous day.

Chris Miller, who was former President Donald J. Trump’s acting defense secretary, alleged that the committee threatened him if he kept saying that Trump requested National Guard troops to be deployed on the day of the “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol.

Tabbed as a fill-in for Mark Esper whom Trump fired in November 2020, Miller painted a disturbing picture of bullying from the Liz Cheney-led committee whose members were handpicked by former Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an interview with the Daily Mail.

The former National Counterterrorism Center director told the outlet that he became “fearful” of the tactics used by the stacked committee to silence him for going against the official narrative. He was grilled by the panel and was told that he would repeatedly be hauled in for “hours” of additional interrogation if he continued to speak out on television in defense of Trump.

He told the outlet that it was a June 6, 2022 appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show along with former national security official Kash Patel that seemingly “hit a nerve” with the committee.

(Video: Fox News)

‘The two of us were on [the Fox News show] and the next day my lawyer got a call from the Jan. 6 staff director – I forgot exactly who it was – but basically saying, very legalistic: ‘Well, if your client has additional information he wants to share, we’d be happy to have him re-interviewed,” Miller said.

“It was more that latent threat of: ‘If you want to keep going on TV, we’re gonna drag you in here again for additional hours of hearing testimony.’ So that was the nature of that whole thing,'” he continued. “It was the latent threat of the government continuing to intrude into my life.”

At the time, Miller said, he did not have the ‘resources to continue to battle’ the committee and didn’t want to face more depositions for speaking to media outlets about his experiences.

“I didn’t talk about it with anybody else because of the fear or the concern,” he told the Daily Mail. “I wasn’t communicating with anybody, because I knew any interactions I had on it would result in me having to… acknowledge that I’d been in communications with other people. And then that just sort of opens up a whole can of worms with the investigators that I just didn’t want to do.”

“It was much easier just to not be involved with anybody or talk to anybody about this stuff because it was going to cause conflict and difficulties with the investigating team,” Miller added. “So I didn’t talk to other people, quite simply.”

“That piece Kash and I did, it hit a nerve,” he said. “It was like, d***, that sure got some attention.”

Miller also suggested that disgraced former congresswoman Liz Cheney, Pelosi’s Republican attack dog, was behind the intimidation.

“I’m sure that Cheney was looking at the optics and was like these people are a serious threat to my narrative that she tried to establish,” he said.

Cheney’s role in manipulating the committee’s narrative has recently been highlighted, specifically regarding Trump’s request for the 10,000 National Guard troops to protect the Capitol during the J6 rally.

The former Pentagon boss said that he “definitely interpreted” the committee would “make my life hell” if he continued to appear on television.

“Now, you know, they’ll say, ‘No, that wasn’t it at all. We just wanted to make sure that we understood all the nuance and complexity.’ But I definitely interpreted it as… don’t fight city hall type thing.”

Chris Donaldson


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