Thursday, October 21, 2021

House Republicans Ask Defense Secretary to Investigate General Milley’s Secret Calls with China

A group of House Republicans said on Thursday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin should launch an official investigation into reports that General Mark Milley had secret calls with a Chinese general.

In a letter to Austin, the group asked Austin to open an Army Regulation 15-6 investigation into the calls, which was confirmed by a Milley spokesman.

Representative Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and 26 other Republicans said they are “seriously concerned” with Millie’s ability to perform her duties and responsibilities as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“In this recent case, our specific concerns include the September 14, 2021 report, which shows that General Milley openly disregarded the concept of civilian control of the military, and aided and supported America’s main adversary, the Chinese Communist Party. Relax,” he added. .

The Pentagon and the Joint Chiefs of Staff did not respond to requests for comment.

According to reports obtained anonymously, Milley told Chinese General Li Xuocheng during talks in October 2020 and January that the United States was not going to attack China and suggested that if there was an attack, it would Will give a tip

Republicans say those comments, if reported correctly, amount to treason, and have called for President Joe Biden to sack Milley, or for Milley to resign.

Biden offered his support for Milley on Wednesday without commenting on the veracity of the reporting. Austin is an appointment of Biden, while Milley was appointed by former President Donald Trump.

Army Regulation 15-6 investigations can be formal or informal. Members of Congress are demanding a formal inquiry.

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Milley has not commented personally, but a spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Wednesday that Milley “regularly communicates with defense chiefs around the world, including China and Russia” and confirmed that Milley had met in October. Spoke with the Chinese in 2020 and January.

The spokesman said the calls were “reassuring to maintain strategic stability while keeping these duties and responsibilities in mind.”

But the calls were unauthorized, Christopher Miller, who led the Pentagon when the second happened, said Wednesday.

Pressing on what was said in the talks, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington that Milley “is basically the chief of defense for the United States” and frequently contacts counterparts around the world.

Asked whether it would be routine for the Speaker to inform a counterpart before the strike, he said that “part of the value of these communications, especially with countries like Russia and China, with whom we experience tensions.” To try to reduce the risk of miscalculation and conflict, to try to reduce tensions, to make it clear what our national security interests are [is]”

Austin said he hasn’t instructed Mille to change how he works and “has full confidence and trust in Chairman Mille and the work he’s doing.”

Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started out as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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