Former President Trump’s top Pentagon official on Wednesday will defend before Congress his decisions during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.
Former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller will tell the House Oversight committee that he wanted to avoid sparking fears of a military coup, and that he was concerned about a possible repeat of the National Guard shootings at Kent State University, according to a copy of prepared remarks obtained by The Associated Press.
The Defense Department has “an extremely poor record in supporting domestic law enforcement,” including the Kent State incident of 1970, when members of the Ohio National Guard shot dead four student protesters, Miller is expected to say.
” was committed to avoiding repeating these scenarios,” he will say.
Miller will appear in the latest of a series of hearings designed to examine events of Jan. 6 at the Capitol. Hearings so far have cited failed intelligence, poor preparation, and a delayed and inadequate response to the chaos.
“Our hearing will provide the American people the first opportunity to hear from top Trump administration officials about the catastrophic intelligence and security failures that enabled this unprecedented terrorist attack on our nation’s Capitol,” the committee’s chair, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said in a statement.
Miller appears along with former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, and Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee.