A shocking claim about Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley made in a new book would amount to treason if true. Congressional Republicans are pushing to examine the evidence to find out.
GOP lawmakers are demanding transcripts for calls between Milley and Joint Staff Department of the Chinese Central Military Commission Gen. Li Zhuocheng, RedStateWatcher reported. Milley allegedly promised to warn Zi if an American attack on China was imminent.
The demand is coming from Republican members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. More than a dozen lawmakers signed a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin demanding transcripts from two phone calls mentioned in a new book “Peril” written by storied journalist Bob Woodward and international reporter Robert Costa.
The Republicans noted that “these calls raise serious national security concerns implicating the ability of the U.S. to effectively counter threats posed by China,” in their letter Friday. “They also call into question Gen. Milley’s conduct with respect to the military chain of command and his respect for and compliance with the paramount principle of civilian control over the military.”
The letter also made demands for “a list of all participants in the telephone calls, any notes taken in preparation or contemporaneous, and transcript(s) of both calls by Oct. 1.” This means they want answers exactly two weeks from the date of the letter, illustrating the ugrency of the matter matter.
This request for documents will ensure transparency & set the record straight. Did Gen. Milley commit treason, or didn’t he? The answer to this crucial question rests in those transcripts, & for the sake of our Republic, it would behoove Sec. Austin to release these documents. pic.twitter.com/FrCSbX7a5y
— Congressman Byron Donalds (@RepDonaldsPress) September 17, 2021
The phone calls in question were made on Oct. 30, 2020 and Jan. 8, 2021 These dates are notable given the political landscape at the time, with the first coming before the 2020 presidential election and the second just days after the incursion at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, according to Fox News.
“We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you,” Milley allegedly said told Li, according to the book. “General Li, you and I have known each other for 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,” he is reported to have promised.
If these allegations are true, Milley provided aid and comfort to the enemy and is guilty of treason. If they’re not true, then it’s another bogus claim by a couple of journalists — but the only way to find out is to examine the transcripts.