Ever wonder why so many Americans don’t trust their government?
Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) is the Chair of the House Committee investigating the January 6 Insurrection. His committee has, so far, learned that Donald Trump’s former right-hand man, Steve Bannon, prefers to be incarcerated rather than tell the truth.
The job of investigative reporters (not including your solitary reporter, ‘cause his job is different) is to probe and keep probing and to be skeptical at all times.
Which is why we here at AP found ourselves engrossed in today’s report by Politico’s Betsy Woodruff Swan and Meredith McGraw about how an Army General, Col. Earl Mathews, who held high-level National Security Council and Pentagon roles while Donald Trump was still in the White House, is highly critical of the delay, consisting of several hours, in sending the D.C. National Guard to the Capitol after Trump’s incendiaries stormed the Capitol, bent on hanging Mike Pence, while the D.C. National Guard had hundreds of soldiers ready to come to the rescue, in the D.C. National Armory, only eight minutes away (https://www.politico.com/news/2021/12/06/jan-6-generals-lied-ex-dc-guard-official-523777).
The Insurrection is being investigated by numerous agencies, including the Pentagon’s Inspector General.
As Swan and McGraw detail, the primary motivation of the IG report is to cover the butts of two top Pentagon Generals for their lies to Congress which, in Matthrew’s words, are “worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korean propaganda.”