A former National Guard official issued a blistering 36-page memo accusing Michael Flynn’s brother and another U.S. Army general of lying to Congress about the military response to the Jan. 6 insurrection, according to media reports.
Col. Earl Matthews, who served in the National Security Council and Pentagon during Donald Trump’s administration, specifically targeted the Defense Department’s Inspector General (IG) for what he calls “an erroneous report” protecting a top Army official who delayed sending the National Guard to the U.S. Capitol.
“Every leader in the D.C. Guard wanted to respond and knew they could respond to the riot at the seat of government,” Matthews’ memo reads. “Instead, D.C. guard officials sat stunned watching in the Armory” as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. Matthews sent the memo to the January 6th House Select Committee earlier this month and provided detailed recollections of the response to the riot by Gen. Charles Flynn, who was serving as deputy chief of staff for operations on that day, and Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt, the director of Army staff — who he called “absolute and unmitigated liars” for their own accounts of that day in congressional testimony.
This is a fascinating detail in Earl Matthews' memo. It says that someone was trying to go directly to Christopher Miller to alert him that the Guard was being forced to stand down, and that person wasn't interviewed by DOD IG. pic.twitter.com/082l4WFD9k
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) December 6, 2021
The memo accuses both Flynn and Piatt of lying about their response to requests for the D.C. Guard to be quickly sent to help police at the Capitol, and claims the Pentagon inspector general issued a report last month that was “replete with factual inaccuracies,” and he said the Army was trying to rewrite history with a document that’s “worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korea propagandist.”
Col. Earl Matthews, then a top attorney at the DC National Guard, charges that Flynn, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for operations on Jan. 6, and Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt, director of Army staff, both lied to Congress about their roles in blocking deployment that day.
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) December 6, 2021
Matthews, who now serves in the Army reserves, has publicly called for the inspector general to retract the January 6th report, which he described as “inaccurate” and “sloppy work.”