In an interview with Glenn Beck on Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley should be called to testify before Congress and take a polygraph examination regarding his actions at the end of the Trump administration.
A new book by Bob Woodward revealed allegations that Milley circumvented President Trump in the chain of command regarding the use of U.S. military forces and nuclear weapons. The book also details Milley’s alleged phone calls to his Chinese military counterpart to advise that Milley would alert the Chinese to any possible American military attacks.
"Gen. Milley needs to be called in TODAY and asked under polygraph what he said to China."
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) September 15, 2021
Paul told Beck that the country could not have generals “talking to foreign countries” to tell them to “be prepared” for possible attacks. He added that such communications could cause accidental war or subject the U.S. to surprise attacks.
According to Woodward’s book, Milley became concerned after the January 6 riot at the Capitol Building that Trump might order a military strike or deploy nuclear weapons. Milley then took steps in secret to tell military leaders that he was the final authority regarding such actions and not the president. Milley allegedly demanded each military chief of staff verbally agree to his order.
Since the release of the allegations, multiple Republicans have called on President Joe Biden to terminate Milley. President Trump has accused Milley of treason against the U.S.
Paul said that when a general calls a Chinese military official as Milley did, any subsequent launch of an average satellite might be interpreted as a preemptive military strike. He added that going outside the legal chain of command should lead directly to a court-martial.
Because of the explosive nature of the allegations and the current source being a book possibly made up of propaganda, Paul added that Milley should testify under oath as soon as possible. If the allegations are true, Paul said that Milley should be immediately relieved of duty before being court-martialed.