The former lawyer for the commander of the D.C. National Guard has accused Army leaders of lying to Congress and the Pentagon’s inspector general about how they responded to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
Col. Earl Matthews, the staff judge advocate for retired Maj. Gen. William Walker, who oversaw the Guard on Jan. 6, wrote in a Dec. 1 memo that he identified “myriad inaccuracies, false or misleading statements, or examples of faulty analysis” in a report from the DoD Inspector General. Matthews specifically targets statements made by Lt. Gens. Walter Piatt and Charles Flynn, the former director of Army staff and deputy chief of staff for operations, respectively.
The memo was first reported by Politico.
“Discerning what happened on 6 January is too important to get wrong,” Matthews wrote. “If we do not fully comprehend and analyze what occurred on 6 January, the danger is that history will repeat itself. Our collective goal as a government and an American people should be to ensure that what occurred on 6 January does not happen again.”
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