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'Absolute liars': Ex-D.C. Guard official says generals lied to Congress about Jan. 6

..Matthews' memo levels major accusations: that Flynn and Piatt lied to Congress about their response to pleas for the D.C. Guard to quickly be deployed on Jan. 6; that the Pentagon inspector general's November report on Army leadership's response to the attack was "replete with factual inaccuracies"; and that the Army has created its own closely held revisionist document about the Capitol riot that's "worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korea propagandist."
Matthews' memo begins by focusing on a 2:30 p.m. conference call on Jan. 6 that included senior military and law enforcement officials, himself and Walker among them. Then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund "pleaded" on the call for the immediate deployment of the National Guard to the Capitol, Matthews recalled, saying that rioters had breached the building's perimeter. Walker has also told Congress that Sund made that plea then. According to Matthews, Flynn and Piatt both opposed the move.
In addition to Matthews' memo, POLITICO also obtained a document produced by a D.C. Guard official and dated Jan. 7 that lays out a timeline of Jan. 6. The D.C. Guard timeline, a separate document whose author took notes during the call, also said that Piatt and Flynn at 2:37 p.m. "recommended for DC Guard to standby," rather than immediately deploying to the Capitol during the riot.

Four minutes later, according to that Guard timeline, Flynn again "advised D.C. National Guard to standby until the request has been routed" to then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and then-acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller.

Everyone on the call was "astounded" except Piatt and Flynn, Matthews wrote.

Both men, however, later denied to Congress that they had said the Guard shouldn't deploy to the Capitol.

That statement, Matthews says in his memo, is "false and misleading."

Walker also testified to Congress in March that Piatt and Flynn expressed concerns about "optics."

Further, Flynn told Maloney that he "never expressed a concern about the visuals, image, or public perception of" sending Guardsmen to the Capitol.

That answer, Matthews says in his memo, is "outright perjury."

Matthews wrote that he and Walker "heard Flynn identify himself and unmistakably heard him say that optics of a National Guard presence on Capitol Hill was an issue for him. That it would not look good. Either Piatt or Flynn mentioned peaceful protestors.'"

Flynn's brother, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, promulgated a host of conspiracy theories in the lead-up to Jan. 6 and called for former President Donald Trump to impose martial law. Matthews' memo does not insinuate that Gen. Charles Flynn's actions on Jan. 6 were shaped by his brother, who has been subpoenaed by the select committee, and does not mention Michael Flynn.

The two generals told the House oversight committee that the Guard wasn't ready to respond to the chaos that day, and Flynn testified to the House Oversight Committee in June that a "team of over 40 officers and non-commissioned officers immediately worked to recall the 154 D.C. National Guard personnel from their current missions, reorganize them, re-equip them, and begin to redeploy them to the Capitol."

Matthews says that assertion "constituted the willful deception of Congress."

"We pay more for prescription drugs than any other advanced nation in the world. And there's no good reason for it," Biden said from the White House. "For years, Big Pharma has stood in the way. Not this year.

"This year, the American people won, and Big Pharma lost."

"Imagine being the parent of a kid suffering from Type 1 diabetes. Let's say you're paying $500, $600, $700 a month. You don't have it," he continued. "How in God's name do you look at that child?"

"Under Donald Trump, my Republican friends had no problem enacting a $2 trillion tax cut that overwhelmingly benefited the wealthiest Americans and the biggest corporations " not a penny which was paid for and massively increased the federal debt," Biden said, adding that the debt ceiling was raised by $2 trillion when Trump was in office.

"In 2020, 55 of the biggest corporations in America made $40 billion in profit. I'm happy for the profit," he continued. "But they didn't pay a single penny in federal income tax."


U.S. President Joe Biden raised $61.8 million for his inauguration events, receiving large contributions from corporations, labor unions and wealthy individuals, according to a financial disclosure.


The pharmaceutical industry has spent nearly $263 million on lobbying so far this year, employing three lobbyists for every member of Congress, according to OpenSecrets, which tracks money in politics. Millions of those dollars are in the form of campaign donations.


November 1, 2021
U.S. pharmaceutical companies are expected to collect more revenue from COVID-19 vaccines in the third quarter than they did in the entire first half of the year, and that money should continue to grow.

In the first half of the year, Pfizer Inc. PFE and Moderna Inc. MRNA reported collective sales of $17.2 billion for their vaccines, but both are expected to report higher third-quarter totals in the coming week, a collective $18 billion. Pfizer is scheduled to report earnings Tuesday morning, while Moderna follows on Thursday morning, after Johnson & Johnson JNJ reported last week more than $500 million in third-quarter sales, nearly double the $264 million it collected in the first half.

Pfizer collected revenue of $11.3 billion in the first half of the year from its COVID-19 vaccine, now known as Comirnaty, and analysts project third-quarter sales of $11.86 billion. Those numbers could be a bit high, however, as some sales could get pushed into the fourth quarter, when booster shots and the newly authorized vaccine for younger children begin landing in arms.

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