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    Gen. Mark Milley has been accused of dodging questions on allegations he kept information from President Donald Trump and undermined him while he was in office. Milley has ignored calls from Republicans to clarify comments attributed to him in Watergate reporter Bob Woodward's book Peril, in which it is claimed he did not tell Trump about a crucial call with a top Chinese official. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) have accused Milley of continuing to dodge giving answers about his discussions with Chinese General Li Zuocheng, despite admitting he spoke to Woodward about the calls for the 2021 book. The book's description of the calls made waves last year, with Republicans charging that Milley was usurping the chain of command by telling the Chinese general he would warn China about any possible military strike ordered by Trump. Banks and Grassley claim Milley continues to insist he has not read the book despite promising to read it and give answers on it back in September. "Sidestepping the President and violating the Chain...
    Washington (CNN)Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told former Defense Secretary Mark Esper he was "this close" to resigning on the spot after a contentious Oval Office meeting with then-President Donald Trump in the summer of 2020.The exchange, detailed in Espers' new book "A Sacred Oath," occurred after protests over the police killing of George Floyd broke out in front of the White House in Lafayette Park. It marks one of several stunning discussions recounted in the book, which is set to publish Tuesday and portrays a chaotic White House focused almost entirely on Trump's reelection bid.Trump, angry with the situation at the time, called Milley asking for "ten thousand troops" to be deployed to the streets of Washignton, Esper wrote. After receiving this phone call, Milley informed Esper of the conversation. Milley's face, Esper said, was "ashen," as he relayed the conversation with Trump. The 9 most outlandish lines from Donald Trumps response to Mark Espers bookThe next day, Trump reportedly called Esper and Milley to the White House for a meeting about the protests....
    Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told "Fox & Friends" Tuesday he wants answers from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley on his actions as an unelected official during the final months of Trump's presidency at Tuesday's Senate hearing on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Milley is said to have placed two calls to his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army without Trump's knowledge, according to the new book "Peril."  AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL: MILLEY, AUSTIN TESTIFY IN FRONT OF CONGRESS ON DECISION REP. JIM JORDAN: The first question I'd ask General Milley is, has your name ever been on a ballot? You ever run for office making the decisions you're making, as reported by Bob Woodward in his book? It's the same question I'd ask a lot of these people. Dr. Fauci ever run for office? Jim Comey ever run for office? Lois Lerner ever? I mean, the idea these people who never put their name on a ballot are making decisions for the American people, that is not how our system works.  So the...
    Bob Woodward and Robert Costa joined Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night to discuss their latest explosive book, Peril, which details the final days of Donald Trump’s presidency. Of the more shocking revelations in the book was the claim that Gen. Mark Milley grew so worried about Trump’s stability during his last days in office, that he took steps to make sure the former president could not launch any nuclear weapons. While on The Late Show, Woodward stood by his reporting, confirming to Colbert that they record every interview and have proof of all quotations included in Peril.  Woodward admitted that while they did a deep background check on every claim, there were certainly people who came forward with information in an attempt to rehabilitate their reputation following their days on the Trump team. “The one courageous person who did something was general Milley,” Woodward added of his sources. “There is a scene in the book, which took our breaths away, I think. When Nancy Pelosi called — Speaker of the House, second in line for the presidency — calls General Milley, and we have a transcript of it.” Pelosi allegedly called...
    Washington (CNN)A deputy to then-President Donald Trump's acting secretary of defense held a call with his Chinese counterpart two days before the now-controversial call by Gen. Mark Milley, undercutting criticism that the Joint Chiefs chairman was out of line. According to two sources familiar with the matter, in a previously scheduled call on January 6, Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for China Chad Sbragia spoke to his Chinese counterpart, in what one former US official described as a routine exchange leading into the impending transition between two presidential administrations. In the days since the revelation of Milley's January 8 call, as well as one he had in October, Sbragia's former boss, then-Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, has been among the fiercest critics of Milley. In a statement on Wednesday, Miller accused Milley of a "disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination" that violated "the inviolable principle of civilian control of the military," and has insisted that he "did not and would not ever authorize" such engagements. Yet in an interview with CNN on Friday, Miller acknowledged he likely would not have...
    Drew Angerer/Getty The office of General Mark Milley has responded to the serious allegations in a new book about his actions during the final months of the Trump administration. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to a new book from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, was so worried about how unstable then-President Donald Trump was acting that he took steps to make sure Trump couldn’t launch nuclear weapons. Another significant revelation is Milley reportedly calling his Chinese counterpart to assure the United States would not attack. Per the Washington Post: 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… “General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay,” Milley told him. “We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you.” In the book’s account, Milley went so far...
    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley took a series of extraordinary actions after the Jan. 6th Capitol riot out of concerns an 'unstable' President Trump might undertake military action in a desperate bid to stay in office, according to Bob Woodward's bombshell new book. The efforts included Milley as the top ranking uniformed military official meeting with top military officials in the Pentagon two days after the MAGA riot and telling them to keep him in the process for all military actions, including the use of nuclear weapons. It also included back-channel outreach to Milley's counterpart in the Chinese military to provide reassurances the US would not strike its rival.   'If you get calls, no matter who they’re from, there’s a process here, there’s a procedure. No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I'm part of that procedure,' he told top US military officials inside the Pentagon's war room two days after the riot. 'You never know what a president's trigger point is,' Milley told them, according to the...
    Former first lady Melania Trump's office put out a statement Friday pushing back on anecdotes found in a number of new books coming out about her husband's final year in office.  'How can people believe any of the books discussing Mrs. Trump's life,' the tweeted statement read. 'Stories about her are idle gossip, many of which are misleading, and only some the truth.'  The statement continued by saying that the writers, including reporters from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, have 'no credibility.'  Former first lady Melania Trump's office called stories about her 'idle gossip' as one new book says she resisted throwing an election night party at the White House due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic  The @OfficeofMelania Twitter account put out a rare tweet pushing back on anecdotes coming out from new books on former President Donald Trump's final year in office  Former President Donald Trump (left) and first lady Melania Trump (right) appear at Joint Base Andrews on his last day in office, January 20, 2021, after skipping President Joe Biden's inauguration ...
    (CNN)Donald Trump wants to get something straight. He's not a big coup guy.  "Despite massive Voter Fraud and Irregularities during the 2020 Presidential Election Scam, that we are now seeing play out in very big and important States, I never threatened, or spoke about, to anyone, a coup of our Government," Trump said in response to reporting from a forthcoming book that alleges that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley -- among other top generals -- was deeply concerned that the 45th President would lead a coup if he lost the 2020 election.Which, well, OK. Trump is anti-coup! Except that his statement didn't end there.  Here's the next bit:"So ridiculous! Sorry to inform you, but an Election is my form of 'coup,' and if I was going to do a coup, one of the last people I would want to do it with is General Mark Milley."Read MoreSo Trump is saying that he's against coups but if he DID, uh, do a coup, he definitely wouldn't do one with Milley? That's not comforting at all! THE POINT -- NOW...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In taking charge of a Pentagon battered by leadership churn, the Biden administration will look to one holdover as a source of military continuity: Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. President-elect Joe Biden will inherit Milley as his senior military adviser, and although Biden could replace Milley, he likely won’t. A Princeton-educated history buff with the gift of gab, Milley has been a staunch defender of the military’s apolitical tradition even as President Donald Trump packed the Pentagon with political loyalists. Milley reassured Congress that the military would stay out of the elections and, in no uncertain terms, told troops that the Capitol riot was an act of sedition. Last summer, he put his own job on the line by apologizing for being part of the entourage that accompanied Trump to a photo-op outside a church near the White House after peaceful protesters were forcibly removed from the area. Military leaders always have critical roles in ensuring stability from one administration to the next. But Milley will be especially important for continuity...
    Savannah Rychcik January 8, 2021 0 Comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) discussed with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley the course of action for preventing President Donald Trump from launching a nuclear strike. “This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi wrote in a letter she penned to her colleagues discussing the events of this past week. She added, “The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.” Pelosi mentioned the attacks launched on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters on Wednesday and noted the growing support for the president to be removed from office using the 25th Amendment. “Yesterday, Leader Schumer and I placed a call with Vice President Pence, and we still hope to hear from...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she has spoken to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley about protecting the nuclear codes from an "unhinged president."  Pelosi said she spoke to Milley Friday morning "to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike." "The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous," the speaker continued in a statement to colleagues.  Fox News’ request for comment from the Joint Chiefs of Staff was not immediately returned.  Pelosi is meeting with Democratic House colleagues Friday to discuss potential impeachment proceedings against President Trump. She said if the president does not leave the office immediately, Congress "will proceed" with articles of impeachment. The California Democrat said she is still awaiting a call back from Vice President Mike Pence about invoking the 25th Amendment to relieve Trump of the presidency. TRUMP SAYS HE 'WILL NOT BE GOING' TO BIDEN'S INAUGURATION Sources in the vice president’s office told Fox News that Pence opposes calls to invoke...
    Washington (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats in a letter on Friday that she spoke with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to discuss President Donald Trump and the nuclear codes, as Democrats call for the President to be removed from office after a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol."This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike," Pelosi wrote. "The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy."LIVE UPDATES: Fallout intensifies over Trump's response to Capitol riotRead More How a pro-Trump mob besieged the Capitol Trump pressured Pence to engineer a coup, then put the VP in danger, source says What's the 25th Amendment and how does it work? LIST: These are the members calling for impeachment or...
    President Donald Trump (center) walks with CJCS General Mark Milley (right). Photo credit: Brendan Smialowski, AFP via Getty Images. John Nagl, a retired Army officer, and Paul Yingling, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, penned an open letter to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley — warning him that President Donald Trump might refuse to leave office in November and that the U.S. military must be prepared to remove him. Nagl and Yingling pointed out that because of Trump’s history in office and “a dangerous confluence of circumstances,” the 45th president may attempt to stay in office past his term, noting that Milley will have to make a choice come November. “We do not live in ordinary times. The President of the United States is actively subverting our electoral system, threatening to remain in office in defiance of our Constitution,” they wrote. “In a few months’ time, you may have to choose between defying a lawless president or betraying your Constitutional oath.” The two claimed that under a Trump presidency, authoritarian rule was a possibility in the United States,...
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