Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said Tuesday during a hearing on the Jan. 6 riot he had “reassessed” his previous evaluation that former President Trump’s speech that day had led to his supporters storming the Capitol.
“Would anybody have marched on the Capitol, and tried to overrun the Capitol, without the president’s speech? I think it’s pretty much definitive that wouldn’t have happened,” Miller had said during an interview with Vice in March.
“I think now I would say that is not the unitary factor at all,” Miller said during testimony at a House Oversight Committee hearing on the Capitol attack. “I have reassessed,” Miller said. “It seems clear there was an organized assault element in place that was going to assault regardless of what the president said.”
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Miller’s statement went further in defense of the president than his written opening testimony, where he wrote: “I stand b
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