One thing I've been wondering about. Putting aside it was the right thing that needed to be done in an urgent situation, what authority did VP Mike Pence have to order mobilization of the National Guard?
"Trump gave no order to deploy the National Guard that day, and made no effort to work with the Department of Justice to coordinate and deploy law enforcement assets. But Mike Pence did." - @RepLizCheney Testimony from General Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:
None, legally. Except in the case that the legal President was, technically, AWOL, not acting to protect the Capitol, Congress, Constitution or the People, and so he stepped into that void to do so. And that Milley & military brass all understood that fact & so took the orders
Jun 10, 2022 · 7:31 PM UTC