Republicans are preparing to grill Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley on a myriad of questions they have, despite the general’s claims that he has already answered “every question” that ‘they already have.
In a recent NBC News report on the GOP’s plans to put him on the spot on a number of issues, Milley’s spokesman, Army Col. Dave Butler, claimed that Milley had not been contacted by any member of Congress about pending testimony or new issues, saying “he considers it his responsibility to keep our legislators informed.
Butler added to NBC News, “The president has answered all questions from any member of Congress, either in person or in writing. … He answered hundreds of written questions, he testified dozens of times in camera, in open court and publicly. He has never refused a congressional request to testify.
Republican Review Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) said that was a “patently false statement.”
“This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an outlandish and blatantly false statement in a media outlet from Gen. Milley. He still hasn’t answered questions Senator [Chuck] Grassley and I sent him 5 months ago about his alleged breach of the chain of command,” he said in a statement to Breitbart News.
“Fortunately, Gen. Milley won’t be able to block House Republicans when we have a majority and I look forward to questioning him under oath soon at a House Armed Services hearing,” he added. .
Banks and Grassley tried for months to get an answer from Milley about startling allegations in the book Danger released late last year, including that after January 6, 2021, he had military officers swear not to follow orders from then-President Donald Trump without checking with him first, and that he had reassured his Chinese counterpart that he would inform him in advance if the United States were to attack China.
They said Milley said his stocks were up and promised he would read the book and let them know if the claims in the book were accurate, but still hasn’t. Grassley said he even sent handwritten notes to Milley, to which Milley responded with a 10-page letter that ignored his questions. Grassley said Milley later claimed there were no “direct” questions.
“I think I can legitimately ask, ‘Is this Pentagon mess, or what is it,'” Grassley said in a speech to the Senate in July, when he called on Milley to respond. to his questions.
Grassley said during his July ground address: “After my third note, General Milley replied with the same old routine of smoke and mirrors: ‘I never read the books. Years of monitoring have taught me this lesson. Evasive answers usually offer telling clues to the truth. He added:
I think General Milley knows best. He knows the score. If these books and all the media coverage of these books had contained gross misrepresentations, we would have heard about it a long time ago. It would have been hammered by the authors and corrected the notice. However, to date, not a glance from the general. His silence speaks volumes. Something doesn’t smell right. As the Pentagon’s watchdog, when I smell wrongdoing, I sink in my teeth and don’t let go.
Grassley said he and Banks last sent questions to Milley in April 2022, but said they still had no response.
The banks also issued a statement on the floor of the House in July:
According to Bob Woodward’s book, Peril, General Mark Milley ordered senior officers NOT to follow the president’s orders unless General Milley first approved them. When I asked General Milley about the peril in an armed forces hearing, he claimed he hadn’t READ it. Practice. So Senator Chuck Grassley and I sent a letter to General Milley, asking him to verify or refute the claims in the books.
He did not answer. I call on General Milley to set the record straight. General Milley is accused of secretly SEIZING the President’s military powers. It is the most serious crime. If he is innocent, he has a duty to say so.
Butler, Milley’s spokesman, said in a statement to Breitbart News in July: “General Milley has given several thorough responses to repeated requests from lawmakers. General Milley has repeatedly addressed this issue in open, public, and closed sessions of Congress. »
“The recent statements and requests are the same ones General Milley has responded to in the past. This line of inquiry appears to be an attempt to politicize the military, an outcome General Milley seeks to avoid,” Butler added.
House Republicans plan to grill Milley on his stance on critical race theory and the awakening spreading in the military, as well as the disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, which happened on his watch and killed 13 soldiers.
The NBC News report also cited unnamed military officials who claimed Milley was receiving “death threats” from Trump supporters after testifying that he wanted to know more about “white rage.”
A senior Republican official told Breitbart News in reference to the claims, “It’s basically Taylor Lorenz in uniform.”
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