Washington (AP) – Leaders of a House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol uprising said on Thursday they had asked for records Call 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-Vy., said in a statement that they had already asked for records related to the call, said Miley’s spokeswoman. where is It was intended to “reassurance” the Chinese military and 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 the statement, “The Select Committee has specifically asked for records relating to these matters and we look forward to the Department of Defense’s full cooperation in our investigation.”
Calling the soon-to-be-published book “Peril” by Washington Post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, 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 an October call, According to the book “We’re not going to attack you or do any kinetic operations.” 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 that day, and all steps, including specific actions and activities that occurred between January 6 and 20.” January, 2021,” the day Biden took office.
Milley was appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2019 by Trump and continues to hold office in Biden’s 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 Kizinger, one of two Republicans serving on the panel with Cheney, said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that he believes “there’s more to the story, and so I think it It is important to deal with this on 6 January committee.”
Kizinger said lawmakers “must get a full answer before we start jumping to politicize it.” 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 was to attend if Trump ordered the launch of nuclear weapons.