Retired Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the star witness in the first indictment against President Trump, is calling for Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley to resign if the reporting of his secret phone calls to China under the previous administration took place.
New report from the upcoming book “Peril” claims that Milley reached out to his Chinese counterpart in the last months of Trump’s presidency and promised that he would warn the CCP if his commander-in-chief launched an attack.
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Vindman, an outspoken Trump critic himself, insisted that “if” the reporting is correct, Milley’s actions went too far.
“If this is true, GEN Milley must resign,” Vindman tweeted. “He took over civilian authority, broke the chain of command and violated the sacred principle of civilian control of the military. It is an extremely dangerous precedent. One cannot just walk away from it.”
He added, “#dotherightthingintherightway.”
Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Floriday on Tuesday called on Biden to fire Milley.
Vindman became a national figure in 2019 when he offered his testimony during President Trump’s investigation into the allegations of his conduct with Ukraine and allegations that he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Bidens by withholding aid. Trump was eventually acquitted by the Senate.
In the new book, authored by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward and national political reporter Robert Costa, it is alleged that Milley made two secret phone calls, both to his Chinese counterpart, General Li Zuocheng of the People’s Liberation Army. The book claims that the phone calls took place ahead of the 2020 presidential election on October 30, 2020 and two days after the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021.
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According to the book, Milley contacted Zuocheng after reviewing intelligence suggesting that Chinese officials believed the United States was planning an attack on China amid military exercises in the South China Sea.
“General Li, I want to assure you that the U.S. government is stable and that everything is going to be okay,” Milley told him during the first call, the book said. “We are not going to attack or perform any kinetic operations against you.”
The book, excerpt from the Washington Post, also said that Milley told Zuocheng that he would warn him in advance if America would decide to “attack.”
“Gen. Li, you and I have known each other now for five years. If we are to attack, I will call you in advance,” Milley added, as reported by the book, “Danger.” which is expected to be released next week. “It’s not going to be a surprise.”
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The book’s authors also claim that Milley contacted Zuocheng a second time to assure him that the United States would not make any progress or attack China in any way, as Milley promised: “We are 100% stable. Everything is fine. But democracy can be sloppy sometimes. “
According to the book, these phone calls were never mentioned to Trump, as Milley felt that his mental state had declined after the election, something he shared his thoughts on in a phone call with the House Speaker. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., On January 8, the same day he called Zuocheng a second time. According to Pelosi, she spoke with Milley that day about “available precautions” to prevent Trump from participating in military action.
Fox News’ Kyle Morris contributed to this report.