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Quigley Grills Former DOD Head Regarding Failures in Response to Capitol Attack

May 12, 2021
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, participated in a hearing on the Capitol Insurrection. During the hearing, Quigley grilled former Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller about his leadership during the January 6 attack and pressed him on his unwillingness to take responsibility for the Department’s failures.

A clip from Quigley’s questions for Miller is available HERE and a transcript is available below:

QUIGLEY: How would you answer this: if this is a victory, if this is success, what do you- how would you have classified a failure?

MILLER: I want to highlight, it's not the correct role for the Department of Defense and our armed forces to be involved in civilian law enforcement matters except as an absolutely last resort and when all civilian law enforcement has been expended. That did not occur until about 2:30 in my estimation.

QUIGLEY: The last resort? You came in after the fact. I was in the room- I remember hearing colleagues saying, "When does the effing cavalry get here?" If you were the "effing" cavalry you never showed up, you never got there on time, and we were exposed because of this.

Full video of Quigley’s exchange with Miller is available HERE.