Monday, July 18, 2022

Lawmakers Say Mark Milley Needs to Answer Report He Broke Trump’s Chain of Command; Grassley and Banks to Milley: ‘Honor Your Word’ and Stop Dodging Questions on Woodward Book Claims

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Lawmakers Say Mark Milley Needs to Answer Report He Broke Trump’s Chain of Command:
Congressional lawmakers have asked Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley to respond to claims that he cut off the chain of command while serving under the Trump administration in early 2021.
The Republican lawmakers’ letter was issued in response to allegations in last year’s book, “Peril,” that he made phone calls to a top Chinese Communist Party counterpart twice in early 2021 to tell him that the United States had no plans to attack China. Republicans, including Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), have suggested that his calls usurped the statutory chain of command.
“Milley has yet to respond” to their “now months-old questions. Lawmakers have been seeking clarity on this serious potential breach of the American democratic order” since the publication of the book, said Grassley and Banks in a release on Thursday.
The book also alleged Milley told top-level military officers not to follow then-President Donald Trump’s orders unless he approved them beforehand. One of the calls to the CCP official allegedly occurred two days after the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol breach, according to the book, which was authored by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.
“If those books and all attended press coverage of those books, had contained gross misrepresentations. We would have heard about it a long time ago. He would have hammered the authors and corrected the record,” Grassley said in a speech on the floor of the Senate, according to a transcript. “However, to date, not a peep from the general. His silence speaks volumes.” --->READ MORE HERE
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Grassley and Banks to Milley: ‘Honor Your Word’ and Stop Dodging Questions on Woodward Book Claims:
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) called on Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to honor his word and stop dodging questions about allegations in Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s book Peril that he usurped President Donald Trump’s power as commander in chief after the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, in violation of the law.
Grassley and Banks both spoke Thursday on the floors of the Senate and House respectively to remind Milley he told members of Congress he would review the allegations in the book and get back to them to say if they are true. Despite repeated requests, he has still not said if they are true.
“Milley allegedly placed military hands — his hands — on controls that belonged exclusively to the president. According to Peril, [he] summoned senior operation officers in the military command center to his office,” Grassley said, adding, “He had them take ‘an oath’ not to ‘act’ on the president’s orders without checking with him first,” Grassley said.
He continued:
These brazen words and actions, if accurate, strike at the heart of our democracy — civilian control of the military. They turn this guiding rule upside down and show utter contempt for the commander-in-chief coming from the nation’s top general. They are dangerous and contrary to military code 10 US Code 888. --->READ MORE HERE
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