Milley assured China in days leading up to 2020 election and after Jan. 6 that he would tip them off to any U.S. military action, according to book “Peril.”Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff also called secret meeting ordering DoD underlings not to follow any of Trump’s lawful orders without him present, book claims.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley staged a coup against President Donald Trump in the days leading to the fraudulent 2020 election and in the days after January 6, according to a new book.
The book, called “Peril,” by journalist Bob Woodward and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa, claims Milley made two top-secret phone calls to Communist China assuring that he would tip them off in the event of an attack by the U.S.
From The Washington Post:
One call took place on Oct. 30, 2020, four days before the election that unseated President 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 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.
“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 as to pledge he would alert his counterpart in the event of a U.S. attack, stressing the rapport they’d established through a backchannel. “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.”
In a second call made after the January 6 protests, the book claims Milley agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Trump was “unstable” and made assurances to the Chinese that nothing would happen.
“We are 100 percent steady. Everything’s fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes,” he told Li.
Li remained rattled, and Milley, who did not relay the conversation to Trump, according to the book, understood why. 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.
“What I’m saying to you is that if they couldn’t even stop him from an assault on the Capitol, who even knows what else he may do? And is there anybody in charge at the White House who was doing anything but kissing his fat butt all over this?” Pelosi reportedly told Milley.
“You know he’s crazy,” she continued. “He’s been crazy for a long time.”
Milley reportedly responded, “Madam Speaker, I agree with you on everything.”
The next act of treachery allegedly took place that same day when Milley called a secret emergency meeting at the Pentagon, demanding his Defense Department subordinates not to obey any order by Trump without his presence.
“‘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,” CNN reported.
“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. ‘Yes, sir.’ ‘Milley considered it an oath,’ the authors write.”
Even Alexander Vindman, the military official who sparked Trump’s first impeachment circus, called for Milley to resign if Woodward’s book is accurate.
“If this is true GEN Milley must resign. He usurped civilian authority, broke Chain of Command, and violated the sacrosanct principle of civilian control over the military. It’s an extremely dangerous precedent. You can’t simply walk away from that,” Vindman tweeted Tuesday.
Woodward claims “Peril” is based on over 200 interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses during Trump’s final months in office.
These shocking and extraordinary claims made in “Peril” at the very least warrant a Congressional investigation over Milley’s deliberate undermining of national security by forewarning a foreign enemy of military action and preventing a sitting president from exercising his full war powers as enumerated in the Constitution.