If reports are true, Gen. Mark Milley is set to face career-ending consequences that will undoubtedly destroy the Biden administration.
On Tuesday, news broke that Gen. Milley conspired with Communist China to stage a coup against then-President and Commander in Chief Donald Trump.
Milley was concerned Trump might order a strike that would lead to war with China, attempting to avert armed conflict to Chinese Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army in a pair of secret calls before and after the 2020 election.
The shocking findings are featured in a new book, “Peril,” written by defamed journalists Bob Woodward and fellow sleuth Robert Costa.
Transcripts from the call reveal that Milley worked behind Trump’s back, ensuring his Chinese counterpart that an advanced notice would be given if the commander in chief ordered any form of attack. Gen. Zuocheng reportedly took Milley at his word.
“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.”
Former President Donald Trump said Gen. Mark Milley may have committed treason with secret calls to China at the end of his administration.
JUST IN – Trump says "it's treason, if true" on Gen. Milley report.pic.twitter.com/ld5c4HnnAc
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) September 14, 2021
According to the U.S. Constitution, treason “shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.”
Anyone found guilty of treason “shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States,” according to U.S. code .
No person has been executed for treason by the federal government under the U.S. Constitution .
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Milley should be court martialed if the reporting is true. Others have called on him to resign or be fired.
I don’t care what you think of President Trump, the Chairman of the JCOS working to subvert the military chain of command and collude with China is exactly what we do not accept from military leaders in our country. He should be court martialed if true. https://t.co/cqWo2rXLEC
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 15, 2021
Retired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the Ukraine-focused impeachment proceedings against Trump, said if the book is correct, Milley should step down.
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. #dotherightthingintherightway https://t.co/izsMMCFPrz
— Alexander S. Vindman (@AVindman) September 14, 2021
In an interview, Trump admitted he was frustrated with China on trade and the coronavirus but said it was a “ridiculous” claim he considered an attack on China, denying ever thinking about such an operation.
“I think he is trying to just get out of his incompetent withdrawal out of Afghanistan,” Trump said of Milley.
Trump also said he considers Woodward and his cohorts to be “extremely dishonorable people.”
While it’s likely that Trump never considered an attack against China, especially given his ardent anti-war stance, Milley must face imprisonment – along with Nancy Pelosi for that matter – if he in fact had secret calls with leaders in the People’s Liberation Army.
Author: Elizabeth Tierney