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Defense Department Inspector General Releases Report on January 6 Preparation and Response

Bryce Klehm
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 10:23 AM

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On Nov. 18, the Department of Defense’s Inspector General released a 153-page report reviewing “the DoD’s role, responsibilities, and actions to prepare for and respond to the protest and its aftermath on the U.S. Capitol campus on January 6, 2021.” The report found that the department’s actions “were appropriate” in the lead up to Jan. 6. It also found that the Pentagon’s response to Jan. 6 was “appropriate, supported by requirements … and compliant with laws, regulations, and other applicable guidance.” The report specifically names then-Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller and other department officials and notes that their actions “were reasonable in light of the circumstances that existed on that day and requests from D.C. officials and the [U.S. Capitol Police].” You can read the report here and below.

Bryce Klehm is a first year law student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is a former associate editor at Lawfare.

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