In advance of Congressional hearing with former acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller (finally!), @K8brannen and I prepared a Timeline.

👉Shows gross omissions in DoD's public timeline.

👉Points to a COVER UP (see especially critical 2:22pm phone call)…
2. DoD public timeline omits nature of explosive phone call in which senior Army officials rebuffed Capitol Police chief's plea for help.

Also, was acting Army Sec McCarthy on the call?

DoD and Lt. Gen. Piatt suggest he was; McCarthy (and commander Walker) say he was not.
3. Army first denied (strenuously and repeatedly) that Lt General Charles Flynn was on the call. Army and Flynn later admit he was on the call.
4. Lt. Gen. Piatt denied he rejected Capitol Police plea for help based on optics during call. Piatt later admits "some of the note-takers in the room" may have him saying exactly that.
5. DoD Timeline also somehow omits any communications with Pentagon and the White House.

Yet acting Secretary of Defense Miller's Chief of Staff Kash Patel later tells a reporter: “I was talking to [White House chief of staff, Mark] Meadows, nonstop that day.”
6. Department of Defense's PUBLIC timeline somehow omits Vice President Mike Pence’s urgent call to Miller demanding deployment to secure the Capitol.

Yet that key event is included in the Department of Defense's INTERNAL timeline of the day's events.
7. DoD's public timeline somehow omits initial call by DC National Guard Major General Walker to Army leaders conveying Capitol Police Chief Sund’s plea for help.
8. The DoD timeline may mislead many a reader as to when acting Secretary of Defense authorized: (a) mobilization/activation of National Guard versus (b) eventual DEPLOYMENT of the Guard.

This exchange (thanks to Sen @RoyBlunt) is very helpful in illuminating the distinction.👇
9. DoD has yet to explain a 36-minute gap:

When acting SecDef conveyed his authorization to Army to deploy DC Guard.

When Army finally relayed that authorization to DC Guard.

Once again thanks to Sen. @RoyBlunt, DoD official Salesses acknowledged the failure in testimony.
10. And there's this doozy:

Reportedly the DoD's INTERNAL timeline notes that by 3:37 p.m., the Pentagon sent its own security forces to guard the homes of defense leaders.

That's approximately two hours before troops reached the Capitol to try save Congress.

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Two big developments to think about together:

👉 Facebook @OversightBoard upholding Trump suspension

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#Christchurch @GIFCT_official @techvsterrorism @francediplo_EN @GNET_research

2. The Biden action is a significant turn away from Trump-era policy.

In March 2019, a #WhiteSupremacist terrorist live streamed his massacre of people at two mosques in New Zealand.

These dozens of democracies 👇 joined the call to action.

The Trump administration refused.
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FBI gave #RonJohnson defensive briefing in 2020 warning he was being targeted by Russia to spread disinformation on Biden.

What did he do?

He considered it “completely useless and unnecessary”

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As @AshaRangappa_ and I detailed at length here.👇…
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(scoop by @nakashimae @shaneharris @thamburger)…
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"previously undisclosed document prepared by the Pentagon for internal use"

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Such as @Malinowski👇

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