'This was a subversion of our military': Former FBI official torches Trump amid latest developments in Jan. 6 investigation
Former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi has revealed he's had a change of heart regarding former President Donald Trump's role in the failed security efforts amid the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. In wake of new developments, Figliuzzi recently explained how the White House contemplating the use of the National Guard changed his perspective.
"Make no bones about it," Figliuzzi said during an appearance on MSNBC. "I have been measured. I have been careful. I'm an evidence guy. But I'm now seeing the evidence, and this was an attempt to subvert the military for an authoritarian purpose. That's not good."
During the highlighted conversation, Trump White House officials discussed different ways to put the National Guard to use amid the Capitol riots. While National Guard members were initially requested as a form of support for U.S. Capitol Police while the federal building breach was underway, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows reportedly believed should have been deployed to "protect Trump supporters," per Raw Story.
"I think Americans, who are generally attuned to things going the right way, the system, the process, the rule of law, maybe glossed over the May testimony and now need to get hit over the head with it, but that blow to the head has just come," he said. "Let me assure you. You can't do both. You can't say, well, the Guard's going to be on call to protect the protesters when you're watching the fact that there's violence coming."
"I've been careful — but this was a subversion of our military" youtu.be
Figliuzzi added, "You know it's coming. You know there's no counterprotest planned. You can't do both. You need to protect the target from the threat. The target was the United States Capitol and the peaceful transition of power in a presidential election. That's the way this works. We've been hit over the head with the truth about what the National Guard was going to be deployed for, and it is a subversion of our military."
According to Figliuzzi, the communications Meadows provided also indicate that he did have discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice as he worked to uncover forms of fraud despite finding no evidence of it.
"We were all over it. We looked for it. It's not there," said Figliuzzi. "After that, he's saying, no, no, no. You need to find the fraud. So we've got a guy who now is being placed at the center of not only the big lie but the violence on Jan 6. He is becoming a major player, not a peripheral player."
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