Trump adviser Jason Miller tears into January 6 committee for taking his answers out of context with ‘selective edits’ and being obsessed with attacking ex-president as he claims he cooperated with the hearing because it could have cost him millions of dollars in legal fees
- Trump adviser Jason Miller slammed the January 6 committee in a video post
- He said his testimony had been taken out of context with ‘selection edits’
- The committee played comments that included how a top data aide told Trump he was on course to lose the 2020 election three days after voting
- Miller said his next answer would have undermined the committee’s argument
- ‘I think it’s safe to say he disagreed with [the] analysis,’ he said in the testimony
- Miller said it showed the committee was not ‘trustworthy’
Jason Miller slammed the January 6 committee in a video post, accusing the House panel of taking his testimony out of context and using ‘selective edits’ to imply that Donald Trump knew that he was headed for defeat within days of the 2020 election.
A clip of Miller’s testimony was shown in the committee’s first public hearing, along with other advisers who said they had told the president he could not win.
Miller described how Trump received bad news from the campaign’s lead data analyst.
‘I remember he delivered to the president — in pretty blunt terms — that he was going to lose,’ Miller said in videotaped deposition.
Why, asks Miller in his Wednesday night video, didn’t the committee play his next answer when he was asked about Trump’s reaction to the update from top campaign data aide Matt Oczkowski?
‘I replied, quote: “I think it’s safe to say he disagreed with Matt’s analysis,” continuing and I quote, “He believed that Matt was not looking at the prospect of legal challenges going our way.
‘”And that Matt was looking at things purely from what those numbers were showing as opposed to broader things to include legality and election integrity issues, which as a data guy, he may not have been monitoring.” end quote.’
Miller has faced blowback from conservatives for appearing before the committee and for apparently suggesting the president knew he had lost the election fair and square.
Trump adviser Jason Miller blasted the House January 6 committee for using ‘selective edits’ and taking his testimony out of context to support their narrative that President Trump knew within days of the 2020 election that he had lost
A clip of Miller’s testimony were shown on the first day of the committee’s public hearings last week. It showed the Trump aide answering questions about what the president was told in the days after the 2020 election as the committee tried to build its case
But in his response to the committee hearing, he claimed his words had been manipulated to support a biased line of reasoning.
His claims are backed by the transcript of his testimony, submitted in court by the January 6 committee as it sought emails from John Eastman, a lawyer who advised Trump’s team.
In his video, Miller asked: ‘So why didn’t the J6 committee play this next answer in their hearing?
‘Solely because it didn’t fit their narrative, because they’re not trustworthy, And because they’re obsessed with attacking President Trump in turning his allies against each other, even if that means selective edits in quotes taken out of context.’
In its two public hearings, the committee has presented testimony from a slew of Trump insiders as it seeks to build a case that the president knew the election was lost yet pushed ahead with trying to overturn it.
In Monday’s hearing, Rep Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) laid out the case, saying Trump ‘knowingly’ relied on false claims of election fraud to dupe supporters into believing Joe Biden’s win was stolen.
‘Mr. Trump’s closest advisers knew it. Mr. Trump knew it,’ she said.
Former Attorney General William Barr said he repeatedly told Trump that there was insufficient voter fraud to have changed the outcome.
‘I thought, boy, if he really believes this stuff, he has lost contact with – he’s become detached from reality if he really believes this stuff,’ he said.
More of Miller’s testimony – in which he says Trump pushed back on the analysis that he had lost – appears in court documents submitted by the January 6 committee in a legal case
Miller said the committee was not trustworthy but that he had no legal justification for refusing the subpoena to appear before it
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Witnesses have been accused of selling out to Trump.
Some advisers, such as Steve Bannon, Peter Navarro, and Dan Scavino refused to appear, citing executive privilege. That approach has brought criminal charges for Bannon and Navarro.
Miller, who now runs the social media platform GETTR, said that approach was not possible for him.
‘I’ve been asked by many of you why I even participated in the J-Six committee deposition, considering that I feel the entire committee is illegitimate.
‘Simple: My lawyers believe that since I worked on the campaign and not in the White House I would need millions of dollars to legally challenge the subpoena by arguing executive privilege … and even then I might not be successful.
‘In addition to millions of dollars I don’t have, it would have consumed my life, and it would have made it impossible for me to run GETTR.
‘Most important though, it would have put my wife and young children through hell. They’ve already had people coming up to us and screaming in public, being uninvited to play dates, being attacked online, all because we’re Trump supporters.’
He said the aim of the committee was not to get to the truth.
‘The goal of the January 6 committee is to ruin people’s lives and they know that, to take away their livelihoods and even to take away their liberty,’ said Miller.
He went on to say that it was all part of an effort to prevent Trump running again in 2024.
Miller delivered his message on the eve of the third public hearing.
It will focus on how Trump pressured his vice president, Mike Pence, in a last-ditch and potentially illegal plan to stop Joe Biden’s election victory.
Trump seized on the unorthodox proposal from conservative law professor John Eastman to have Pence turn back the electors when the vice president presided over Congress to certify the election results on Jan. 6, 2021.
General view of the room before the second public hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol, at Capitol Hill, in Washington, U.S. June 13