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National Guard was authorized by Trump for Jan. 6, but Congress, DC didn't request it

Kash Patel, former Pentagon chief of staff, argues that President Donald Trump didn't order National Guard troops to fight in District of Columbia on Jan. 6, 2021, since that would have been a violation of law.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) told Fox News’ Bret Baier that Trump “never issued any order to deploy the National Guard to protect the Capitol.”

In his remarks, Patel said President Trump authorized up to 20,000 National Guard troops for use in Washington, D.C., , but the D.C. mayor and U.S. Capitol Police later rejected their use.

Presidents can't order the military into the United States under the law, Patel said. Patel was acting defense secretary Chris Miller's chief of staff at the time of the Jan. 6 unrest.

26 July 2022


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