Former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, who served under former President TrumpDonald TrumpClyburn says he’s worried about losing House, ‘losing this democracy’ Sinema reignites 2024 primary chatter amid filibuster fight Why not a Manchin-DeSantis ticket for 2024? MORE, met with the House committee investigating Jan. 6 last week, according to NBC News.
A source familiar with the committee’s activities told NBC that Miller, who was acting secretary at the time of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, met with the panel on Friday, though it is unclear exactly what was discussed. As NBC noted, Miller’s former chief of staff Kash Patel met with the panel last month.
Miller has previously accused former President Trump of being responsible for inciting the deadly attack on the Capitol.
During an interview with Vice in March, Miller said, “Would anybody have marched on the Capitol, and tried to overrun the Capitol, without the president’s speech? I think it’s pretty much definitive that wouldn’t have happened.”
“The question is, did he know he was enraging people to do that? I don’t know,” he added.
Though several Trump White House staffers and Cabinet members resigned in light of the attack, Miller stayed on until President BidenJoe BidenSunday shows preview: Democrats’ struggle for voting rights bill comes to a head David Weil: Wrong man, wrong place, wrong time Biden’s voting rights gamble prompts second-guessing MORE‘s inauguration on Jan. 20.
News of Miller’s apparent cooperation with the Jan. 6 panel comes just days after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyGOP’s McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel The fates of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump House GOP campaign arm rakes in 0M in 2021 MORE (R-Calif.) adamantly refused to comply with the committee’s request to speak with the panel of lawmakers.
“As a representative and the leader of the minority party, it is with neither regret nor satisfaction that I have concluded to not participate with this select committee’s abuse of power that stains this institution today and will harm it going forward,” McCarthy said last Wednesday.