Evidence has already overwhelmingly suggested that the 45th president wanted the protest on January 6th to be peaceful, such as when he explicitly said in his speech that day that his supporters would be “marching over to the Capitol, to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
But a new memo further confirms this version of events. The memo in question, written by the Pentagon inspector general, focuses on a meeting between President Trump, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller on January 3rd.
“Gen. Milley told us that at the end of the meeting, the President told Mr. Miller that there would be a large number of protestors on January 6, 2021, and Mr. Miller should ensure sufficient National Guard or Soldiers would be there to make sure it was a safe event,” the memo reveals. “Gen Milley told us that Mr. Miller responded, ‘We’ve got a plan and we’ve got it covered.’”
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, speaking to the inspector general, revealed that the reason why Trump’s recommended military protection for the counting of the electoral vote was rejected was because “Miller made it clear that the military would not be involved in certifying the election results,” due to the suggestions by some that such a presence would project the image of a military coup.
Despite this overwhelming evidence in President Trump’s favor, the January 6th committee has not referenced this particular bit of evidence, nor has it provided any sort of counter-claim or any efforts to debunk the memo.