The Army general brother of former national security adviser Michael Flynn was involved in the Capitol riot response, even though the Army denied it for days, according to a new report.
Officials previously denied that Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the deputy chief of staff for operations for the US Army, was on the contentious January 6 call between the Pentagon, Capitol Police, and DC officials about deploying troops to help in the riot.
Charles Flynn told the Washington Post on Wednesday that he in fact had been on the call.
‘[I] entered the room after the call began and departed prior to the call ending as I believed a decision was imminent,’ Flynn said.
The Army has not clarified why they falsely said for days that Flynn was not involved, but it is likely due to his brother Michael Flynn’s support for Donald Trump.
In the days leading up to Inauguration Day Michael Flynn publicly suggested Trump declare martial law and told Trump supporters ‘there has to be sacrifice.’
Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn (left), the brother of Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn (right) was involved in the Capitol riot response, despite the Army denying it, it has been revealed
Army officials once told The Post in a statement on January 12 when asked if Charles Flynn was in on the call: ‘HE WAS NOT IN ANY OF THE MEETINGS.’
One official familiar with the situation said there was concern in the Army and National Guard about possible political fall out if it emerged that Flynn was part of the call.
However, there is no indication that Charles Flynn shares his brother’s views or carried out his duties on January 6 in a manner that was influenced by his brother.
Michael Flynn served as national security adviser for the first 22 days of the Trump administration until his resignation.
He is a figure in the QAnon conspiracy and in the weeks before the Inauguration spoke at rallies about voter fraud in support of Trump.
On December 12 he spoke at a pro-Trump rally in Washington DC where he told Trump’s supporters ‘to be fearless as Americans’, saying they reached a ‘crucible moment’ and ‘there has to be sacrifice.’
Weeks prior Michael Flynn publicly suggested Donald Trump declare martial law and have the US military oversee a redo of the election. Trump pardoned Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, in November.
The Army denied his involvement in the Capitol riot response for days but on Wednesday Charles Flynn said he was on the January 6 call among officials about deploying troops to help. ‘[I] entered the room after the call began and departed prior to the call ending as I believed a decision was imminent,’ Flynn said. A view of the MAGA mob storming the Capitol on January 6 above
In the January 6 call, Capitol Police and DC officials begged for backup as protesters broke into the Capitol building and stalled the Congress joint session to certify the election.
But Army officials were reluctant to deploy troops to the Capitol because of the negative ‘visual’ a heavy military response would have.
Eventually troops were deployed, arriving about three hours after the call, to clear the grounds – a move that has been heavily criticized as being too slow and reluctant.
Charles Flynn said he left the call early because he anticipated then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was in another meeting, would soon take action to deploy more guards.
Logistically, it makes sense that Flynn would be involved in the Pentagon response.
The Washington DC Guard answers to the president, but the president delegates control over the forces to the defense secretary and the Army secretary, meaning the Army’s top brass is responsible for critical decisions on the District’s military force. Flynn himself, however, is not in the chain of command.
In the January 6 call, Capitol Police and DC officials begged for backup. But Army officials were reluctant to deploy troops to the Capitol because of the negative ‘visual’ a heavy military response would have. Eventually troops were deployed, arriving about three hours after the call, to clear the grounds – a move that has been heavily criticized as being too slow and reluctant. A view of the National Guard at the National mall on January 19 above
Now it’s likely that Michael Flynn’s comments and his brother Charles Flynn’s role in the slow Army response will come under further scrutiny.
Lawmakers have demanded transparency from the Defense Department in the aftermath of the devastating siege that left a police officer and four rioters dead.
Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned after the riot, and acting DC police chief Robert J Contee III were shocked at the Army’s reluctance to send in the Guard despite the severity of the breach, according to four people on the call.
McCarthy, though he was not on the call and did not comment on whether Charles Flynn was involved, defended his character in service.
‘Charlie Flynn is an officer of an incredibly high integrity. Multiple combat tours. He has buried a lot of people. This guy has given a lot to this country. It is incredibly awkward for this officer every day for what is going on with him and his brother, but he puts his head down in, and he is locked in to serve the Constitution,’ he said.
Source: Daily Mail |World News