A new book alleges that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley worked behind the scenes to undermine the authority of former President Donald Trump during the waning days of that administration.
It appears that, if the reports are true, Milley did not act alone but was actively encouraged by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Pelosi’s post-riot phone call
As the Washington Post reported, journalists Bob Woodward ad Robert Costa wrote in their new book Peril that Milley called his Chinese counterpart to assure him that, despite media allegations of an unstable Trump administration, the military remained under control.
He also reportedly reassured the Chinese general that he would provide advance warning prior to any military strike or launch that might be ordered by Trump.
Reports also indicate that Milley had effectively interjected himself into the president’s nuclear launch protocols as a check on Trump’s sole authority. He is believed to have made the decision to do so following a phone call with Pelosi in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Woodward and Costa assert that the Jan. 8 conversation included Pelosi’s concerns about a “rogue” president who might launch an unprovoked military strike to distract from his political loss and subsequent riot.
Milley reportedly said he “agreed” with Pelosi’s position, going on to generally describe Trump as unstable.
“Nothing short of craven”
The general also reportedly inserted himself into the chain of command for any executive order of military action, asking other high-ranking officers to vow that they would check with him before carrying out such plans handed down by Trump.
A growing number of Republicans appear to be coming to the conclusion that Milley and Pelosi appeared to be staging some sort of coup based on their shared disdain for Trump.
Even as the media points to the Jan. 6 riot as an attempted insurrection, many Americans believe the unconstitutional power grab was actually playing out behind the scenes.
Many conservative officials have already spoken out in favor of removing Milley from his position, if not charging him with a crime.
A group of GOP lawmakers sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in which they argued: “To conspire with a communist, malfeasant, hostile and genocidal government regarding our intentions-or lack thereof- with utter disregard to the implications of said ‘promise’ on our national security or our Service Members, is nothing short of craven (at best) and treasonous.”