WASHINGTON: Leaders of a House committee probing the January 6 Capitol uprising said on Thursday they have sought records relating to calls from top US military official General Mark Milley to his Chinese counterpart in the turbulent final months of Donald Trump’s presidency. .
Reps. Benny Thompson, D-Miss., and Liz Cheney, R-Vyo., said in a statement that they had already sought records associated with the call, which a spokesperson for Miles said was intended to assure the Chinese military and He was in line with his responsibilities as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The House committee asked the Defense Department in August for a wide range of records related to the November election, the transfer of power to President Joe Biden and the January 6 uprising.
Thompson and Cheney said in a statement that the selection committee has specifically asked for records relating to these matters and we expect the Department of Defense to cooperate fully with our investigation.
In a soon-to-be-published book by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Peril said Milley told General Li Xuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army that he would warn him in the event of a US attack.
General Lee, I want to assure you that the US government is stable and everything is going to be okay, Milley told him in a call in October, according to the book. We are not going to attack you or do any kinetic operation. Another call was made two days after the 6 January uprising.
The statement from leaders of the panel set up by the House to investigate the rebellion comes as it reviews thousands of pages of documents requested from several federal agencies and technology companies about the rebellion and its origins. Thompson and Cheney said in the statement that the panel is dedicated to telling the full story of the unprecedented and extraordinary events of January 6, including what happened on that day, and specific actions and activities that took place between January 6 and all, including all steps. January 20, 2021,” the day Biden took office.
Milley was appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs in 2019 by Trump and continues to hold office in the Bidens administration. Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin have both said they trust Milley as some Republicans in Congress have urged his firing.
Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, one of two Republicans serving on the panel with Cheney, said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that he believes there is more to the story, and so I think it is. Important for January. 6 committee to deal with it.
Kinzinger said lawmakers should get a full answer before we jump to make it political. He said it would also be important for Congress to hear from Milley, who is due to testify on the House Armed Services Committee this month.
Milley believed the president suffered a mental decline after the November election, agreeing with a view shared by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a phone call on January 8, according to officials. According to the book, Milley also asked senior officials to take an oath that Milley would be involved if Trump ordered the launch of nuclear weapons.
Associated Press writers Padmananda Ram, Lolita Baldor and Robert Burns contributed to this report.
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