After revelations that General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, subverted the Chain-of-Command prior to the November election and following the January 6 riots, at least two high-ranking military generals are seeking ways to push the top-ranking general out, multiple Pentagon sources reveal to Becker News.
The scoop backs up a report from Human Events senior editor Jack Posobiec that “several Pentagon officers present in Milley’s secret meeting are willing to testify against him under oath,” per a White House official.
BREAKING: Several Pentagon officers present in Milley’s secret meeting are willing to testify against him under oath, per WH official
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As background, the general made two calls to Chinese general Li Zuocheng, according to the forthcoming book “Peril” by editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa. The first of the unauthorized phone calls, made four days prior to the 2020 election, indicated that Milley would give advance warning to China in the event of a military attack.
“One call took place on Oct. 30, 2020, four days before the election that unseated President Donald Trump, and the other on Jan. 8, 2021, two days after the Capitol siege carried out by his supporters in a quest to cancel the vote,” the Washington Post reported.
“The first call was prompted by Milley’s review of intelligence suggesting the Chinese believed the United States was preparing to attack. That belief, the authors write, was based on tensions over military exercises in the South China Sea, and deepened by Trump’s belligerent rhetoric toward China,” the Post added.
“General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay,” Milley told General Li. “We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you.”
“General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise,” Milley added.
This directly subverts the Chain-of-Command and is tantamount to high treason. The second call was made two days after the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
“In the second call, placed to address Chinese fears about the events of Jan. 6, Li wasn’t as easily assuaged, even after Milley promised him, ‘We are 100 percent steady. Everything’s fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes’.”
“Li remained rattled, and Milley, who did not relay the conversation to Trump, according to the book, understood why,” the Post added. “The chairman, 62 at the time and chosen by Trump in 2018, believed the president had suffered a mental decline after the election, the authors write, a view he communicated to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a phone call on Jan. 8. He agreed with her evaluation that Trump was unstable, according to a call transcript obtained by the authors.”
There are multiple members of the top brass who did not agree with General Milley’s assessment that Donald Trump had suffered a ‘mental decline‘ after the election, Becker News learns from a Pentagon source.
The New York Times in a January 8 report provided more detail on how the Speaker of the House and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who was nominated by Donald Trump in 2018, conspired to subvert the U.S. Constitution and the chain-of-command.
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California on Friday took the unprecedented step of asking the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about ‘available precautions” to prevent President Trump from initiating military action abroad or using his sole authority to launch nuclear weapons in the last days of his term.”
“In a phone call to the chairman, Gen. Mark A. Milley, Ms. Pelosi appeared to be seeking to have the Pentagon leadership essentially remove Mr. Trump from his authorities as the commander in chief,” the Times reported. “That could be accomplished by ignoring the president’s orders or slowing them by questioning whether they were issued legally.”
“But General Milley appears to have made no commitments,” the Times claimed. “Short of the cabinet invoking the 25th Amendment or removing Mr. Trump through impeachment in the House and conviction in the Senate, it is unconstitutional to defy legal orders from the commander in chief.”
However, we now know that is not the case. Milley insisted that he remain part of the “process” of carrying out a presidential order, and made officers carry out a ‘loyalty oath’ to him.
“In response, Milley took extraordinary action, and called a secret meeting in his Pentagon office on January 8 to review the process for military action, including launching nuclear weapons,” CNN recounts. “Speaking to senior military officials in charge of the National Military Command Center, the Pentagon’s war room, Milley instructed them not to take orders from anyone unless he was involved.”
“No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I’m part of that procedure,” Milley told the officers, according to the book. He then went around the room, looked each officer in the eye, and asked them to verbally confirm they understood.
“Got it?” Milley asked, according to the book.
“Milley considered it an oath,” the authors write.
The book’s revelations have led to multiple Republican senators calling for the removal of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Milley “contemplated a treasonous leak of classified information to the Chinese Communist Party in advance of a potential armed conflict,” Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) wrote in a letter to President Biden.
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) vowed on the Senate floor to block State Department and Defense Department nominees by refusing to give unanimous consent unless Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan resign.
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