A forthcoming book by Washington Post stalwarts Bob Woodward and Robert Costa has been reported to contain a number of blockbuster revelations about the final months of former President Donald Trump’s term in office.
Potentially among the most scandalous details to be revealed in the volume entitled Peril are those related to calls placed by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to his Chinese military counterpart during that period and claims about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s arguably treasonous influence on what was said.
The notion that Milley – let alone Pelosi – would have been involved in what, if true, would amount to a usurpation of the civilian control that has always characterized the American military is something which many believe warrants thorough investigation, especially given the startling nature of what Woodward and Costa’s book apparently contains.
According to the book’s authors, Milley became aware in October of last year that the Chinese were worried that Trump might launch a preemptive attack on their nation to take attention away from his own failing presidential campaign, and that prompted him to contact his counterpart in Asia to assuage those concerns.
The book contends, according to CNBC, that soon after the unrest at the Capitol on Jan 6., Milley placed another such call for the purpose of providing assurances that the U.S. government was not careening out of control and that China had nothing to fear with regard to an attack that could be initiated by Trump.
It was allegedly at this time that Milley and Pelosi discussed the situation, with the former promising the latter that Trump would never be allowed the opportunity to launch a nuclear attack or utilize the military in an attempt to retain power, and the House speaker labeling Trump “crazy” and positing that “if they couldn’t even stop him from an assault on the Capitol, who even knows what else he may do?”
Woodward and Costa write that Pelosi told Milley that Trump was a “dictator” who ought to have been “arrested on the spot” amid the Jan. 6 protests and claimed that “the Republicans have blood on their hands” for even considering contesting the certification of the election of Joe Biden.
Pelosi’s accusations against Trump continued, with the speaker telling Milley, “He had a coup d’etat against us so he can stay in office. There should be some way to remove him,” as CNBC reported separately, with, as the Post reported, the general replying, “Madam Speaker, I agree with you on everything.”
Though Milley’s spokesperson has since characterized the general’s calls to China as being “in keeping” with his rightful duties and done to “maintain strategic stability,” if the accusations against him are true, it seems a strong case could be made that he – and Pelosi by extension – are indeed guilty of treason.